In a freak mishap, a 43-year-old farmer was killed when he lost control of his tractor and plunged into a 50-feet deep agricultural well near here on Thursday.
The accident occurred as Govindan, a resident of Ombalakhattu village, was engaged in ploughing his three acres of farmland with his tractor.
When he apparently lost control of the tractor, it fell into the well along with Govindan.
The well did not have a safety wall and was filled with water up to 25-feet. A woman farm worker who was alarmed by the sound alerted neighbours. The neighbours rushed to the spot and informed the Fire and Rescue Services and Krishnagiri Taluk Police.
As the vehicle was completely submerged, rescue personnel had to first pump out the water using two high-power motors, which took almost one hour. The rescuers then lifted the tractor from the well with a crane. However, Govindan, a father of three, was found dead, having sustained severe injuries. Police officials said that the accident occurred as the well did not have a safety wall and suspect that Govindan’s vehicle ran out of control due to a snag.
Govindan’s body was sent to Krishnagiri Government Hospital for postmortem.