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UPDATE: Victim in fatal tractor accident identified

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HAMILTON COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -

UPDATE: Middle Valley Road was full of emergency crews on Tuesday morning after a farmer was killed during a typical day on the job. 

"It appears to just be a tragic accident," said G.A. Bennett, Hamilton County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators say it's still unclear what caused 70-year-old Tom Ables of Soddy-Daisy to lose control of his tractor. Residents at a home in the 8300 block of Middle Valley Road hired Ables to do bush hogging at their home.

"The tractor turned over and he was crushed," Bennett said.

Ables was killed while doing the same work he'd done for years, through Ables Tractor Service, where he was a one-man show. The 70-year-old was also a former Soddy Daisy volunteer firefighter.

"He was very much a part of the Soddy-Daisy community," said Allen Branum, HCSO Deputy Chief.

Branum said his long-time friend was always willing to help somebody -- usually through his tractor service company.

"It was probably more of a hobby," Branum said. "I'm sure he might have collected a few dollars for it, but in the long run he probably spent more than he made. He was very accomodating and helped a lot of people."

Ables was a regular customer at Floyd's Hardware, who became fast friends with many of the employees.

"Tom always left his cards here. We would always give his name out," said Eddie Nelson, hardware store owner.

"He was a laid back kind of person. Real easy to talk with," said Nelson.

"He will be missed in the community. We don't see a lot of people like Tom Ables anymore," said Branum.

Ables' autopsy results are pending.

Sheriff Jim Hammond reminds anyone mowing to take extra precautions this time of year due to changing temperatures and moisture levels, which can cause the ground to shift unexpectedly and result in a serious accident.


UPDATE: A tractor accident in the 8300 block of Middle Valley Road in Hamilton County Tuesday morning has claimed one life.

Witnesses say that the man was doing yard work, and was killed when the tractor pulling a bush hog overturned.

The tractor landed on top of the driver, 70-year-old Thomas Ables.

Ables was found unresponsive by emergency crews when they arrived at the scene.

The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office tells Channel 3 that Ables did not live there, but was hired to mow and do the yard work for residents in the area.

Investigators are at the scene, working to determine what happened.

HCSO says that Ables' body was transported to the medical examiner’s office where a final determination will be made as to his exact cause of death.

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