Updated: Man killed in tractor incident named by police


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The man became trapped when his tractor mounted a verge and dropped into a drainage gulley on Sunday

A 54-year-old man has died after he became trapped when his tractor mounted a verge near Hallwill Junction on Sunday.

Kevin Vallance, from Okehampton, was killed when he was thrown from the vehicle and became pinned by it on the unclassified road between Chilla and Chilla Chapel Cross, near Halwill Junction in the Beaworthy area, at around 5.50pm.

A police spokesman said: “A tractor towing an un-laden trailer had mounted a verge to its nearside and its nearside wheels had dropped into a drainage gulley between the verge and the hedge.

“The tractor had been travelling towards Chilla from the direction of Halwill Junction.

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“The driver was ejected from the vehicle and became pinned by the tractor.

“He was released by local residents who began first aid procedures including CPR.”

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Mr Vallance was airlifted to Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital where he later died.

Police are appealing for witnesses who may have seen the tractor travelling in the area prior to the collision. Anyone with any information can call 101 quoting log number 583 of 12 May 2013.

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