East Texas man killed in tractor accident

JASPER COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A Buna man died in a Thursday afternoon accident involving a tractor on County Road 701, near Buna.

According to Jasper County Sheriff Mitchel Newman, Aurellius Arnett Walden, 55, of Buna was using his front-loading John Deere tractor to pick up his lawnmower. Walden appeared to be picking up the lawnmower to sharpen the blade on it, and was using the tractor to help him lift it so he could get under the lawnmower.

When authorities arrived on the scene of what they were told was a medical emergency at 4:35 p.m., they found Walden trapped under his tractor. They tried to administer CPR for a half-hour but were unsuccessful.

"We were first told he was trapped under a tractor, but he took his tractor and picked a lawnmower up. He had it hooked with a chain. The chain slipped and the lawnmower fell on top of him and trapped him," said Newman.

Newman says Walden's daughter and her boyfriend went inside of Walden's house to take a nap, while Walden stayed outside in the yard. When the couple awakened from their nap, they found Walden trapped and called the police.

Judge Becky Cleveland, Precinct 4 JP, pronounced Walden dead at 5:10 p.m.

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