Trucker dies after being struck by tow hook in farming accident

By Greg Grisolano, Land Line staff writer | Monday, October 20, 2014

A Delaware truck driver was killed in a farming accident Saturday morning after a tow hook came crashing through his windshield, according to a report from the Delaware State Police.

The victim, 66-year-old George R. Lyman, Jr., of Middletown, was pronounced dead at a local hospital after being struck in the chest by the tow hook.

Authorities said the incident occurred at around 8:45 a.m. Saturday in a field near Middletown. Lyman and another man were attempting to tow Lyman’s tractor trailer out of the muddy field. The rig was fully loaded with corn and had become stuck in the mud.

Robert L. Baker, 64, of Odessa was attempting to tow the rig out with a farm tractor. The farm tractor was pulling a grain hopper, which had a tow strap attached to the back. As Baker was in the process of towing the vehicle out, the tow hook broke loose and was propelled through the driver’s side window striking Lyman in the upper torso, according to the state police report.

Baker was uninjured in the incident.

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