ENFIELD, Maine — An 84-year-old farmer was killed Sunday when he was crushed between a fallen tree and the steering column of his tractor after it backed into woods on his land on Dodlin Road, Maine State Police said Monday.
The body of Cassius Fall was found by a relative about an hour after the accident occurred at about 8 a.m., state police Trooper Matt Grant said.
“We don’t know if the tractor stalled or if his foot slipped off [the] clutch. We’re not sure why it happened,” Grant said Monday. “But there is nothing to suggest that it’s anything other than a tragic farming accident.”
Fall, whose family has farmed the land for years, was apparently cultivating potatoes when the tractor began backing into the woods and went up against the tree, Grant said.
The tractor is an older-model Farmall with an open cab, Grant said.
Officials from the state medical examiner’s office in Augusta examined the body at Clay’s Funeral Home in Lincoln on Sunday.
No further investigation is expected, Grant said.