Man dies when tractor rolls over on curve in road

GERMANTOWN—A Germantown resident was killed when he became pinned under a farm tractor late last week.

Sheriff’s deputies were called to the accident scene near 794 Woods Road, May 15 at 12:51 p.m.

Both the Sheriff’s Office and Columbia County 911 report the accident scene as being in Clermont, while the death certificate was filed in Germantown. Some portion of Woods Road is in Clermont, some in Germantown.

The overturned tractor was discovered by a passerby who was riding his bicycle and found a man under the tractor with no pulse.

When Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Brian Molinski arrived on the scene, he identified the dead man as Paul Kozlowski, Jr., 58, of Germantown. It appeared that the tractor had been there overnight, undetected, according to a press release from Sheriff David Bartlett.

A review of the accident indicates the tractor, an International 884, went off of the roadway on a slight curve and overturned with its trailer load of crushed stone. The tractor came to rest on top of Mr. Kozlowski killing him immediately, according to the release, though it is not clear exactly when that was.

An autopsy was scheduled by County Coroner Dan Herrick and was conducted May 17 at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady. The preliminary cause of death appears to be severe thoracic crush injury, pending toxicology reports.

Sergeant Molinski was assisted on the scene by Senior Investigator William Foster, Investigator Joshua Oakes, Clermont and Germantown firefighters, Northern Dutchess Paramedics, the coroner and the county fire coordinator.

Firefighters were back in service at 3:18 p.m.

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Putting the metal to the metal. Chatham Assistant Fire Chief Paul Pratt looks on as firefighters practice using their Jaws of Life extrication equipment during a recent drill and training exercise. Photo contributed

Off the road and into a ditch. No one was hurt in a one-car accident on the B-3 westbound exit ramp of the New York State Thruway, near milepost B23.4 in Canaan, May 15 at 10:27 p.m. Columbia County 911 dispatched Canaan and Red Rock firefighters and the Chatham Rescue Squad. Red Rock firefighters stood by in their own quarters. The vehicle was entering the Thruway when it went off the left shoulder of the ramp and into a ditch. State Police investigated. Firefighters were back in service at 11:02 p.m. Photo by R.E. Lindmark

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