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

Published: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 @ 9:47 PM
Updated: Thursday, October 24, 2019 @ 5:55 AM

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. 

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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.