Man hurt in tractor accident

Brownstown resident found by friend after being run over

A 59-year-old Brownstown man was listed in critical condition Monday afternoon at an Indianapolis hospital where he was taken after being run over by a tractor earlier in the day, police report.

Kevin A. Hackman complained of leg and chest pain after the incident reported at 9:13 a.m. in the 4400 block of South County Road 400E in Grassy Fork Township, according to a report from Jackson County Sheriff’s Department Officer Adam Nicholson.

Nicholson said Hackman was found lying in a yard by a friend, Brian Elliott, who told police when he arrived, the tractor was still running and had run into a nearby residence.

Elliott said he shut the tractor off and then tended to Hackman until emergency personnel arrived.

Hackman was treated at the scene by personnel with Jackson County Emergency Medical Services along with county Officer Rob Henley. He was then taken to a helicopter pad outside Schneck Medical Center in Seymour before being transferred to a PHI air ambulance and flown to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

Nicholson said the investigation shows the accident occurred after Hackman attempted to start a John Deere tractor while standing on the ground. Hackman was hurt when the tractor started and ran over him, Nicholson said.