Man injured in tractor mishap recovering

Tribune staff reports

A 59-year-old Brownstown man injured when he was run over by a tractor Monday morning continues to recover at an Indianapolis hospital.

Kevin A. Hackman sustained a broken leg and injured his ribs in the incident, reported at 9:13 a.m. Monday in the 4400 block of South County Road 400E in Grassy Fork Township.

His mother, Jeanette Hackman, said Tuesday morning her son was in good spirits and talking but in a lot of pain.

She said he was scheduled to have surgery on his leg Tuesday afternoon.

According to a report from Jackson County Sheriff’s Department Officer Adam Nicholson, Hackman was found lying in a yard by a friend, Brian Elliott.

Elliott 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 then was 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.