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Man dies in Putnam County tractor accident

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PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. – Troopers from the Florida Highway Patrol responded to an accident Monday afternoon in Putnam County around 12:50 p.m. to find one man suffering from a serious injury as a result of the accident off of Lake McMeekin Lane and Floradandy Road.

According to officials, William Melnyk and Terry Bramble were attempting to tow a broken-down tractor through a pasture in order to fix it. Melnyk was driving a red Ford tractor that was towing a yellow Ford G350 tractor that was being steered by Bramble.

Melnyk was slowing down as he approached a closed gate and troopers said that for some reason, Bramble was unable to stop his tractor, plowing into the back of Melnyk.

Putnam County EMS transported Melnyk to UF Health in Gainesville where he later died.