Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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April 12, 2014

Farming accident claims life

A Mulberry Grove man was killed instantly Saturday when a tractor he was driving flipped over on him while he working on his property.

After attempting to use a chainsaw to cut down a tree to no success, Kenneth Zarecki, 65, hooked a chain to the tree and attempted to pull it over with his mid-size Ford N Tractor.

“He attached a long chain to the tree and his tractor and got a run at it,” said Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen. “The tractor flipped and pinned him. He was killed instantly.”

According to Bowen, farming accidents are not uncommon in the largely rural county.

“Over the years, I have gone to several tractor accidents,” said Bowen. “People need to respect farm equipment.”

Bowen pronounced Zarecki dead at the scene at 1:55 p.m. The accident remains under investigation by the Fayette County Coroner’s office. Mulberry Grove Fire Department responded to the scene for extrication.

Tony Huffman can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 138, at tony.huffman@effinghamdailynews.com or on Twitter @Ednthuffman.

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