Man dies in farm tractor accident

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Authorities believe victim had medical issue that led to tractor accident.


The Galax Fire Department and the Pipers Gap Rescue Squad responded to a call Thursday evening when a tractor reportedly flipped over and killed Robert L. “Buster” Coomes of Galax.
Coomes was found dead at the scene, said Fire Chief David Hankley.
According to an incident report, Coomes was operating an enclosed cab tractor with a front end loader when the accident occurred.
“Mr. Coomes was ejected from the tractor, but he was not pinned,” said Hankley.
He suspects that Coomes experienced a medical event prior to the tractor flipping, as no other reason for the accident was apparent at the scene, Hankley said.