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Upland farmer run over by tractor

On the scene: The Grant County Sheriff’s Department came to the scene of an accident where an Upland farmer was run over by a tractor. A helicopter was called to the scene at 10869 E. 1000 South and transported the 75-year-old man to Lutheran Hospital.

By Clay Winowiecki - cwinowiecki@chronicle-tribune.com

UPLAND — A helicopter transported a 75-year-old man to Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne after he was run over by his tractor on Thursday.

The victim, John Horine, was in serious but stable condition at the time he was airlifted, according to Sgt. James Kinzie Jr. of the Grant County Sheriff’s Department. The accident occured on his farm, located at 10860 E. 1000 S., around 1 p.m.

“Mr. Horine was working behind his barn and there was a piece of wood that was underneath the front scoop of his tractor,” Kinzie said. “The tractor was running. Mr. Horine was working trying to get a board removed from underneath the front scoop. At the point that he (removed the board) the tractor was in gear. He was not aware of that and it started to roll forward. It caught him and ran him over.”

After the accident Horine had complaints of pain throughout his body, including his shoulders, chest, right arm, right leg and he suffered internal injuries, Kinzie said.

Lutheran Hospital airlifted the man shortly after the accident occured.

Kinzie said he sees accidents like this one once every three to five years.

Kinzie warned farmers who are working with tractors to always ensure they have secured the tractor and that it is in park before stepping off.