84-year-old man killed in Shelby County farming accident

An 84-year-old New Knoxville man was killed Wednesday afternoon when his tractor pinned him underneath it

An 84-year-old New Knoxville man was killed Wednesday afternoon when his tractor pinned him underneath it as he was performing a chore on his farm in the 5500 block of Botkins Road, the Shelby County Sheriff's Office said.

Roger Dicke had gone out to split wood using a hydraulic splitter when his tractor, which had been turned on, somehow popped into gear and hit him in his back.

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He was knocked down and pinned beneath the vehicle, according to the investigation by the sheriff's office.

The tractor struck the log splitter and flipped over.

Sheriff's dispatch received a 9-1-1 call just after noon reporting an unconscious person on the ground.

Dicke died at the scene of the accident, which remains under investigation by the sheriff's office.