SANGER, California (KSEE/KGPE) – The identity of a farmer crushed to death on a Sanger farm was released hours after the fatal incident Monday According to both the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office and a friend of the victim, 82-year-old Robert Huey was the man crushed by the tractor.
The incident took place around 2:30 p.m. in the area of Newmark and Belmont avenues.
Deputies say the Huey was working in a field immediately before the tractor rolled onto him and killed him.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, the 82-year-old was working in the almond orchard and tried to make a turn but went too wide and rolled down into the ditch. His wife found him pinned underneath and called 911. Cal Fire and deputies found him dead when they arrived.
“Guy’s out here farming doing what he loves and it just so happens his wife – on her birthday nonetheless – comes out to check on him since she hasn’t seen him in a while and sees him trapped underneath that tractor,” said Tony Botti with Fresno County Sheriff’s Office.