Mapleton man dies after falling under tractor mower

Posted Sept. 25, 2012, at 8:49 a.m.

CHAPMAN, Maine — A Mapleton man is dead after a tractor accident at around noontime on Monday.

State police Detective Sgt. John Cote said Tuesday that the accident that killed Ronald Gamblin, 72, occurred on Chapman Road.

Cote said that Gamblin was helping his friend mow a field behind the residence with a 1940s style John Deere tractor with a rear-mounted 6-foot mowing deck.

At approximately 4 p.m. the friend went to check on Gamblin. He saw the tractor in the field but could not see Gamblin.

He continued around in the field area and circled back to the tractor and discovered Gamblin dead underneath the mowing deck.

Investigation revealed the tractor seat apparently had come loose and fallen off the back of the tractor, causing Gamblin to fall backwards into the path of the mower.

The tractor continued forward and Gamblin went under the mowing deck and suffered fatal injuries before the tractor came to rest.

Gamblin was pronounced dead at the scene.

Trooper Shawn Whalen investigated the incident.