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82-year-old dies in tractor accident

HAWTHORNE, Fla. – The Florida Highway Patrol said an accident as one tractor was towing another on a farm on Mcmeekin Lake Lane in Hawthorne Monday afternoon resulted in the death of 82-year-old William Melnyk.

Troopers said Melnyk was on a Massey Ferguson tractor towing a Ford G-350 tractor being steered by Terry Bramble about 12:50 p.m. 

Melynk was slowing his tractor to a stop for the gate that was closed, but the tractor he was towing did not slow and the front bucket of the Ford struck Melnyk's back.

Putnam County paramedics took Melnyk to UF Health in Gainesville by ambulance, where he died of his injuries.

Troopers said no charges would be filed in the accident.