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Farm accident claims life of Lowndes woman


By Jade Bulecza - bio | email

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) –  35-year-old Amy Blackledge was killed when a tractor tipped over and crushed her in a field off U.S. 41 in Lowndes County Monday night around 7:00.

Investigators tell us her husband's tractor broke down, so Blackledge came to help. His tractor was hitched to a 1955 John Deere tractor.

"They hooked the chain to the tractor that was disabled and started pulling it off, and when they did of course, the tractor reared up and fell over on the lady,"  said Lowndes County sheriff Chris Prine.

Blackledge was the mother of a nine month baby. "That just adds to the tragedy It certainly does and accidents happen it's just a very tragic accident," said Prine.

Devastating accidents are difficult to deal with, but they can be a reminder of the hazards of farm work.

Jimmy Fletcher of Farmer's Tractor company says all kinds of farm and yard equipment can be dangerous. "Blades on a mower everything is dangerous you got to be careful about it."

He says the safest and most dangerous thing on a farm is you. When operating old equipment extra caution is needed.

"The older tractors they don't have roll bars they don't have seatbelts,"  Fletcher said.

The sheriff lives close to the Blackledge family. "It's just a close knit family and they're just great people."

It's sad way to start off the new year and as the community prays they hope the Blackledge family can find peace.

Jimmy Fletcher gives presentations on tractor safety and urges people to read the safety manuals and warnings when you purchase equipment.


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