Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
On the afternoon of Nov. 30, at 12:47 p.m., the Meeker County Sheriff's Office received a report of a farm accident/medical at the address of 61953 363rd Street, Eden Valley. Deputies responded and found the victim seated on a tractor seat deceased and slumped over the fender. The victim was an employee of Langmo Farms and was pushing snow with a small John Deere loader tractor. Tracks indicated the loader tractor hit an old windmill located upon the property. The 40-foot tall windmill collapsed and fell upon the loader tractor as it was backing away. After being struck by the falling windmill, the loader tractor that was still in gear continued backing away for a short distance before becoming hung up on a steel post. The tractor began spinning and was still running when another employee of Langmo Farms discovered the victim. The Medical Examiners Office was contacted and responded to the scene. The body of the deceased is being transported to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy to determine the cause of the death.
The victim of the accident has been identified as Patrick Ladd, age 52, of Eden Valley