A 47-YEAR-OLD farmer from Staos-Agios Fotios village in the Paphos district died on Monday, after being crushed by his tractor, according to police.
Charalambos Themistokleous left his home at 08:00 a.m. to work on a friend’s farm in Letimbou village. His family went looking for him after he was gone for longer than expected and found him around 2:00 p.m., unconscious beneath his tractor.
Police and fire department officers arrived at the scene and the farmer was rushed to Paphos GeneralHospital, where he was announced dead on arrival.
According to preliminary investigations, the 47-year-old father of four children lost control of his tractor and fell on a ditch. The farmer was thrown off the tractor and subsequently crushed.
Paphos police spokesman Nikos Tsappis told CyBC that these kinds of accidents take place usually with tractors that aren’t equipped with a with a roll-over protection structure.
ROPS is an operator compartment mounted on the tractor, designed to prevent the tractor operator from being crushed.