Farm tractor accident

Discussion in 'Family Life - Stories, Pictures & Updates' started by Spookwriter, Aug 14, 2013.

  1. Spookwriter

    Spookwriter Overrun With Chickens

    Feb 23, 2010
    It's been a hard year on my family.

    Details still unclear, but it seems my uncle was brush hogging this
    morning and the tractor rolled with him. Details unclear just now, but
    I'm hearing nothing good. Unresponsive.

    Life-flighted from sceen.

    This uncle...I was named after him. So my wife and daughter have
    been fielding calls all morning, friends thinking it was me.

    Gonna be a long day again.


    * I have a tractor that I respect. I know full well what can happen.
    Years ago, I got a tractor up on one wheel...I was all but flipped.
    I well remember being scared. I have a healthy respect for for a
    farm tractor.

    ** This uncle...He let me drive my first farm tractor. It was winter,
    cold and snowy. Old ford tractor, he had taken it to town to have
    a tire fixed. But like I said, it was cold and snowy. He and another
    uncle let me drive it home while following me in a nice warm pickup.
    I was just a kid, 10-11 years old. I thought it was a big thing...I was
    driving all by myself.

    *** This uncle...He gave me my first beer, my first tobacco. Sometimes
    memories feel like only yesterday. It was chewing tobacco...and he
    laughed so hard when I swallowed it. Made me so sick I thought I was
    dying. But he taught me. I don't drink and I don't chew tobacco.

    As kids, we worked around on his farm a bit. He had one of those gas
    powered two-man post hole I said, my brother and I were
    just kids. That thing wore us out. Be digging and hit a root, a rock or
    something and the auger would bind. It would fling me and Kevin in
    circles until we let go. (we were building a fence.)

    He gave us a motorcycle that didn't run once for painting his barn roof.
    Roof was steep. Real steep. And since we were little light-weight boys,
    he had a plan....He tied a rope to the tractor, other end around us. And
    we would paint. And when we slipped and fell, as we did, the rope kept
    us from hitting the ground. But back up the rope we would go...we wanted
    that motorcycle.

    That motorcycle...before we got it running, we rode it anyway. We would
    push it up the hill and coast it down the driveway and down the road as far
    as we could if nothing was coming. Anyway we was riding down the hill
    one time, and a car was coming. My brother got scared and ran us in the
    creek. Do you know, motorcycles don't float?

    Anyway, it's going to be a long day.
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Spook, I don't have the right words right now [​IMG]
  3. 3goodeggs

    3goodeggs pays attention sporadically

    May 22, 2009
    North Central Florida
  4. iheartnh

    iheartnh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2013
    Derry, NH
    I'm sorry.
  5. Bunnylady

    Bunnylady POOF Goes the Pooka

    Nov 27, 2009
    Wilmington, NC
    Oh, my, Spook. I'll be praying for your family.[​IMG]
  6. locoguru

    locoguru Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2013
    Very sorry!
  7. rrrmamma

    rrrmamma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 27, 2010
    New Concord,Ohio
    Oh Spook, it has been a bad year. My prayers are with you and your uncle. Does he live close to you? We are buying our first farm tractor and to me they are very scary things.
  8. MuckyPuppy

    MuckyPuppy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 11, 2011
    So sad to hear of your Uncle's accident and keeping you and yours in my thoughts.

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Sep 27, 2012
    Yeah. [​IMG]
  10. Spookwriter

    Spookwriter Overrun With Chickens

    Feb 23, 2010
    My uncle lives about 20 minutes from me. I've started towards the hospital
    twice, turned around came home. Nothing I can do there.

    Family flying in this evening, beginning to gather. Starting to look like it could
    be one of those times. Just called for an update, still no response. On life support.

    But...still a chance at recovery.

    Have talked with the neighbor. It was his daughter that found my uncle. It now
    appears that he was seen brush hogging Tuesday evening, and found in the
    same field this morning. (Uncle lives alone.)

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