Driver killed after tractor flips in rural Pottawattamie County

Published: Jan. 27, 2018 at 9:13 PM CST
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A tractor flipped into a ditch and caught fire Saturday evening in rural Pottawattamie County near the town of Crescent, IA. The driver of the tractor was killed.

The call for help came just as the sun was starting to set.

Firefighters and paramedics from the towns of Crescent and Underwood rushed to the scene near 18853 Leisure Avenue. Deputies from the Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Department and troopers from the Iowa State Patrol also responded.

Firefighters quickly put out the flames that had engulfed the overturned tractor, but the victim still remained trapped.

Crescent Fire Chief Galen Barrett told 6 News: "Given the circumstances, it was a recovery rather than a rescue... Extrication involved a tow truck... Once the fire was out, the tow truck was brought in to remove the tractor and we were able to free the victim."

The Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Department is leading the investigation into what caused the tractor to fatally flip.

The victim's name has not been released yet.