Man crushed in tragic farm accident in Smithfield

SMITHFIELD — A 35-year-old Newton man was killed after being crushed by a piece of farm equipment in what sheriff’s deputies are calling a tragic accident Thursday afternoon. The accident occurred in a farm field near 574 W. 6800 North in Smithfield.

Cache County Sheriff’s Lt. Doyle Peck said two men were trying to repair the equipment around 4:50 p.m. One of the men had brought his 3-year-old son along, who was sitting inside the cab.

“While the two men were under the equipment working on it,” Peck explained, “the 3-year-old jumped down from where they were sitting, presumably to go to (his) father. The child landed on the vehicle’s gas pedal, causing the engine to accelerate, overriding the park brake, and the equipment ran over one of the male individuals.”

Deputies report the equipment’s wheel ran over the man’s chest and head, killing him instantly. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Peck said emergency responders, including paramedics, were originally dispatched to the accident. However, they were unable to do anything to revive the victim.

Our investigators are saying it was a tragic accident. I know they are still working with family members and trying to notify everyone, so we haven’t released his name yet.”

Neither the identities of the victim, or the father and 3-year-old boy are being released, pending completion of the investigation and notification of family.

Advocates from Cache County Victim’s Services were also called in to provide assistance for both families.

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  • Kramer September 10, 2021 at 12:18 pm Reply

    Why would you put quotations around tragic. Almost makes it sound sarcastic or suspicious. Just say the word tragic

    • S.F. September 11, 2021 at 2:27 am Reply

      Because its “tragic,” that a man was stupid enough to bring his 3 year old and let him sit inside the cab of a machine. You’ve got to use your head in these situations….SAFETY SAFETY SAFETY!!!! Why would you let someone with that heightened curiosity sit unsupervised. Now that man will have the memory of his mistake for the rest of his life. It took one second for this to happen. WHY people never think about safety…THAT is the greatest Tragedy of it all. my condolences to the family that lost this man. I am sure they are asking the same questions. The smallest individual…WOW. This could have been avoided.

  • Munk September 12, 2021 at 5:49 pm Reply

    Your comment is very cruel and hurtful. The news didn’t get the details right. You shouldn’t make such mean comments when you don’t know the whole story.
    That man with his son was on the hay chopper. MeRell was in one of the trucks. The chopper got plugged so he turned off the chopper and MeRell came over to help him they worked on it for a while and got it unplugged . There was another man in another truck who played with the little boy in the field while they were working on it. They got it un plugged and they all got back in the equipment to continue chopping. The man in the chopper realized that there was a pin that needed to be changed. He put on the park brake and jumped out to fix the pin, a 2 second job. His boy was in the cab. MeRell jumped out and got under the other side of the Chopper, Tate hit something that some how disengaged the park brake. The man rolled out when he noticed it rolling, he didn’t hear a thing, he stopped the chopper then walked around to talk to MeRell and he found him. The other guy in the other truck unfortunately watched the whole thing happen. It was such a freak accident it happened so fast they have done this a 100 times. On family farms it’s very common to have kids with you. Both these young men grew up this way. They are careful and very cautious with there kids. For you to judge this terrible accident is very hurtful.

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