Gary Mills, 64, was killed instantly when a tractor he was operating flipped, according to Oceana County Sheriff Craig Mast.
Mills was working on his familys farm in the 4600 block of South 144th Avenue when the accident occurred around 7:20 p.m. May 20, Mast said.
Authorities: Man dies after tractor flips in west Michigan
Mills was operating an older Oliver tractor and was trying to expand a power take off shaft, Mast said.
He had chained the shaft to a tree in an attempt to pull it open, Mast said. During his attempt, the tractor flipped and immediately killed Mills, the sheriff said.
A power take off shaft on a tractor is used to transfer engine power to an attached implement such as a mower, or in some cases separate machines.
Assisting at the scene were the Oceana County Sheriffs Office, Michigan State Police, Shelby-Benona Fire Department, Life EMS and the Oceana Sheriffs Victim Services Unit.
BENONA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) – Authorities say a 64-year-old man has died after the tractor he was using flipped at a farm in western Michigan.
The Oceana County sheriffs office says Gary Mills of Grand Rapids died Monday evening at the farm in Oceana Countys Benona Township.
The man was reportedly trying to use the tractor to pull open a piece of farm equipment when it flipped.
The sheriffs office, Michigan State Police, the Shelby-Benona Fire Department and others were involved in the emergency response at the farm.