Victim of Hancock County pond accident dies

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Officials at St. Vincent Hospital tell Eyewitness News that Oren Killebrew, who was trapped underwater when the tractor he was operating rolled into a pond, has died from his injuries.


A man nearly drowned Thursday when a tractor rolled into a private pond in New Palestine. The man, who has been identified as Oren Killebrew, became pinned underneath the tractor in over four feet of water.

It happened in the 4300 block of South Woodbridge Lane in the Seifert Creek subdivision in Hancock County.

Medics performed CPR on the man for several minutes at the scene after he went into full cardiac arrest. He was in critical condition as of 4:30 pm Thursday.

When emergency crews arrived, they found a tractor submerged in the pond but could not see the man. Employees from a landscaping company were attempting to remove him. Along with officers from the New Palestine Police Department, they got into the water and lifted the tractor off the man.

Killebrew is in his mid-twenties. He was pinned under the tractor in water that was around four feet deep. Once he was freed, crews at the scene performed CPR and he was flown by helicopter to an Indianapolis hospital.

Police say the workers were attempting to remove a tree very close to the pond's edge when the tractor began to roll backwards towards the pond. Other employees yelled for the man to jump but he was unable to get off the tractor in time.

The Hancock County Sheriff's Department, the New Palestine Police Department, the New Palestine Fire Department and New Palestine EMS were among the agencies that responded to the scene.