White City man dies in tractor accident

A 26-year-old White City man was killed Monday when the tractor he was driving rolled down an incline at an Eagle Point cattle ranch and crushed him under the vehicle, according to the Jackson County Sheriff's Department.

Jose J. Arellano was dead beneath the tractor by the time emergency responders from Jackson County Fire District 3 and Mercy Flights arrived on scene at the Yankee Creek Ranch to try to help him, according to a sheriff's department press release.

The accident occurred around 11 a.m. when Arellano was operating a tractor hauling rock in a flatbed trailer down an incline on a dirt road at the ranch, said ranch owner Murphy Clark. The rock was intended to fill in potholes, Clark said.

"It was a very tragic accident," the ranch owner said.

He said the last time he had spoken to Arellano was earlier Monday morning when Arellano was using the tractor and trailer to haul debris from pruning.

"It was just, 'You did a good job,' " Clark said.

Arellano who had worked at the ranch for about 10 months left behind a wife and a 2-year-old son, Clark said.

The more than 900-acre ranch breeds a special kind of cattle called Fleckvieh.

The sheriff's department was still investigating the accident Monday.

Reach reporter Paris Achen at 776-4459 or e-mail pachen@mailtribune.com.

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