Man run over by tractor at Lyford Gin

Authorities are investigating a tragic accident at the Lyford Gin off Rangerville Road near Los Indios.

General Manager Gerald Miligan told Action 4 News a man was operating a small tractor Wednesday just before 8 a.m. when he somehow slipped off or fell causing the tractor to run over him.

Cameron County Sheriff said 69-year-old Jose Isaias Leal was killed on impact.

The identity of the victim has not been released but Miligan said Leal was from Progreso and had been working there for the past 15 years.

The Lyford Gin is located on Landrum Park Road and Rangerville Road.

Inspecotors with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are at the scene of the accident.

There were no witnesses around the gin at the time of the accident leaving many questions about how the accident could have happened.

Miligan said nothing like this has ever happened at his company.

Action 4 News will provide more information as it becomes available.