Gaines man killed when tractor overturns, pinning him underneath

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 14 May 2021 at 7:19 am

GAINES – A Gaines man was killed on Thursday afternoon when his tractor overturned and he was pinned underneath, Orleans County Sheriff Chris Bourke said.

George W. Manning, 72, was attempting to use a Ford 8N tractor to pull out a small tree near his house at 13945 Ridge Rd. with a chain when it flipped over pinning him beneath. Manning was pronounced dead at the scene by Orleans County Chief Coroner Scott Schmidt.

Emergency personnel were called to the scene at 3:18 p.m. with report of a man trapped under an overturned tractor. Orleans County Sheriff’s deputies, Albion firefighters and C.O.V.A. Ambulance were dispatched to the scene.

The victim’s son, George Manning III, reported that he discovered his father pinned under a tractor and unresponsive. He summoned the neighbors to call 911 and assist him, Bourke said. The son, with assistance of a husband and wife team from next door, were able to lift the machine enough to pull the victim out from under the tractor. The son began CPR but was unable to revive his father.

The victim was transported to the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office. State Police also assisted at the scene.