A Macksville man was fatally injured Wednesday while removing a tractor that was stuck in a runoff pond earlier this week.
Officers and first responders were called to the scene of a farm accident Wednesday that took the life of a Macksville resident. The accident occurred approximately five miles south of St. John, just north of SW 20 Street on U.S. Hwy 281
Manuel De Jesus Llamas Ortiz, 34 was killed when he was run over by a Case tractor that he was operating.
Ortiz was working with Ron Weber removing another Case tractor from an icy run off pond that it had gotten stuck in earlier in the week. The front end of the tractor was partially submerged and one front wheel dislodged.
According to Stafford County Sheriff Jeff Parr, the two were using the tractor Ortiz was operating to lift the front of the tractor that had been pulled from the pond. At some point Ortiz left the tractor and was struck by the rear wheels.
Parr stated Weber did not see Ortiz leave the driver’s seat of the tractor and did not know how or why he got out.
“He said he was motioning for him (Ortiz) to raise the tractor,” Parr said.
When it didn’t go up he went around the tractor and found him by the dual tires.”
Ortiz was pronounced dead at the scene. He leaves behind a wife and two children.