An accident involving a run-away tractor has claimed the life of a Bethalto man. 82-year old Paul W. Fulkrod of the 8400 block of Bethalto Road died Saturday after a tractor he had been operating ran over him according to a report from the Madison County Coroner's Office.
Fulkrod and his son had been working to clear brush from an area of the property using a Ford Model 900 tractor. Fulkrod was using the tractor to pull the downed brush away while his son worked separately with a chainsaw. While towing brush away, Fulkrod lost control of the tractor and began running alongside it. While attempting to regain control of it, the tractor began rolling backwards and ran over him.
The Dorsey Volunteer Fired Department responded to the scene. He was transported to Alton Memorial Hospital where he died of blunt chest trauma at 12:38 p.m.
Funeral arrangements are pending under the direction of Pitchford Funeral Home in Wood River.