Hoxie employee killed in mowing accident

Updated: Apr. 23, 2021 at 11:49 AM CDT
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HOXIE, Ark. (KAIT) - A Hoxie city employee died Thursday when the mower he was operating rolled over onto him.

According to the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, the incident happened around 2:20 p.m. April 22 on an empty lot on Hartigan and Southwest Broad Street in Hoxie.

According to the incident report, a woman and her husband traveling north on Hartigan saw the overturned mower with 66-year-old Kenny Wayne Tyler underneath and immediately called 911.

When officers arrived they found the commercial-grade mower sitting partially on its side in the ditch.

Sergeant Jamie White stated a large bar behind the driver’s seat was resting on Tyler’s neck.

Responders raised the mower enough to pull Tyler out, who was already deceased.

The report stated Tyler was mowing a steep embankment near the road. When he attempted to make a turn, the mower rolled over, trapping him underneath.

White said Tyler’s body has been sent to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory for forensic examination.

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