Iowa Teen Killed in Tractor Accident
About the Fatal Tractor Accident
The Des Moines Register is reporting that Austin Ray Gosch, 16 of Audubon, Iowa, was killed on Wednesday evening in a tractor accident. Gosch was driving a 1970 John Deere 4020 farm tractor on westbound 309th Street southeast of Lake City just after 5 p.m. when the accident happened.
The tractor appeared to have drifted left before entering a ditch and rolling over. Gosch became pinned under the tractor. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Responding to the accident was Lake City Fire Department, Stewart Memorial Ambulance Service, Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office, and Iowa State Patrol. The accident is under investigation.
Tractor Accident Facts and Statistics
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that farm accidents are responsible for 1,300 fatalities and 120,000 injuries each year. Tractor accidents contribute to the most farm accident fatalities; rollover accidents make up 44 percent of all tractor-related fatalities. Tragically, OSHA says many of these deaths are preventable. One estimate suggests that the use of protective equipment such as seat belts could prevent as many as 40 percent of all farm accident injuries.