Ripon almond farmer killed in tractor accident

07/31/2013 10:12 AM

07/31/2013 10:21 AM

A Ripon almond farmer died Monday night after his tractor ran over him, authorities said.

According to the Manteca Bulletin newspaper, Joseph Carl Wagner, 53, died at Doctors Hospital of Manteca shortly after 11 p.m.

Family members said Wagner was working late, wrapping up his chores on his 120-acre farm in preparation for an upcoming vacation, San Joaquin County Sheriff’s spokesman Les Garcia told the newspaper.

A tree branch apparently knocked Wagner to the ground, where he was caught underneath in the tractor. A farmworker found him and called for help.

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