Farming Accident Under Investigation

Farming Accident Under Investigation

On Sunday, April 21, 2024, at 1:43 p.m. the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting a man trapped underneath a manure spreader near N8869 State Highway 73 in the Town of Jump River, Taylor County. Taylor County sheriff’s deputies along with fire, ambulance and other emergency services were dispatched.

Upon arrival of emergency services, the man was extracted from beneath the manure spreader and identified as 71-year-old Myron F. Brooks of Gilman Wi. Brooks succumb to his injures and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sheriff’s Office investigation into the incident determined that Brooks had been pulling a manure spreader behind his tractor in a field south bound in route to help a neighbor. The neighbor went to look for Brooks because he was overdue and found him unresponsive and trapped underneath the manure spreader.  Tracks in the field indicate Brooks had turned around for an unknown reason and headed back north before striking a power pole. Brooks then fell from the tractor and was trapped under the manure spreader.

The cause of the accident is undetermined, but it is believed Brooks may have suffered a medical emergency causing him to lose control of the tractor which resulted in striking the utility pole then falling from the tractor and under the manure spreader.                                                    

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