Mower fatality

A state trooper, along with Nodaway County Sheriff’s Office personnel, Maryville police and other first responders, worked the scene of a fatal accident Monday, which occurred when the driver of a riding lawnmower was wounded in the neck by a spike or nail protruding from old fire-protection equipment.

MARYVILLE, Mo. — An Elmo man was killed Monday afternoon in what a police officer described as a freak accident that occurred while the victim was mowing grass at the Younger Auction Co. just east of Main Street on the south end of Maryville.

Bill Porter, 68, who was working for Younger Auction as an independent contractor, was operating a John Deere riding mower when, according to the officer, he steered too close to an old fire-protection trailer loaded with decaying ladders and other antiquated gear.

As Porter drove the mower near the trailer he was wounded in the right side of his neck by a protruding ladder part described as a metal spike or nail about the size of a pencil.

Maryville Public Safety Sgt. Rex Riley said Porter was receiving CPR from civilians when police arrived on the scene.

Also dispatched to the auction company grounds were personnel from the Nodaway County Sheriff’s Office, the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Nodaway County Ambulance District.

Riley said Porter was taken to Mosaic Medical Center-Maryville, where he was declared dead.

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