Series of Lawn Mower Accidents Raises Concern Over the Common Utility Machines

Series of Lawn Mower Accidents Raises Concern Over the Common Utility MachinesTwo people have been killed and one man severely injured after being involved in three lawn mower accidents in the span of a week, raising concerns about the safety of the machines that appear in most homes in America, various news agencies have reported.

A Maryland man was killed after he accidentally drove his John Deere Zero Turn riding lawn mower off of a cliff, the leaf Chronicle reports.

According to the news source, Bob Ellis, who was a local car salesman in the town of Adams, was doing yard work around noon at his home on Riverhaven Drive when his son discovered that he, and his lawn mower, were nowhere to be found.

Ellis' son called his mother, who rushed home and found her husband at the bottom of a cliff after hearing him call from the bottom. Sheriff's deputies arrived on the scene at about 1 p.m., as well as Montgomery County Emergency Medical Services and volunteer firefighters. The emergency response crew members rappelled down to Ellis, but after they made it to the bottom, Ellis lost consciousness, the news provider stated.

"It was a sad, tragic accident, and unfortunately the second kind of this accident, involving mower accidents, in the last couple of years," sheriff's spokesman Deputy Ted Denny told the media outlet.

Ellis worked as a car salesman at the Wyatt-Johnson car dealership for 19 years, where he was awarded Salesman of the Year seven times in his career.

"He was one of the longest-term employees that we had," owner Sidney Johnson told the Chronicle. "He was an anchor, a rock, a permanent person. He was very, very closely connected with his customers."

In Madison, Maine, a man lost part of his arm in an accident involving a riding lawnmower on Wednesday, July 13, the Bangor Daily News reports.

According to the news source, the man, who Madison Police believe to be in his late 60's, was apparently run over by his own tractor at 3:35 p.m., and was hospitalized from his injuries.

Eugene St. Peter was first taken to a local hospital in Skowhegan, but was later transferred to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, where his condition is currently unavailable.

Police Corporal Joe Mitchell told the news source that it appeared St. Peter somehow ended up on the ground in front of the mower, which ran over him, taking off part of his left arm.

Police have not been able to find any witnesses to the accident and are waiting to speak with St. Peter.

On Tuesday, July 19, a 71-year-old man from Terre Haute, Indiana, was killed when the riding lawn mower he was on fell down an embankment and into a river, where he was pinned underneath the machine, the Tribune-Star reports.

According to the news source, the accident occurred near Cayuga along the Wabash River in Vermillion County. Walter N. Yoho was operating his lawnmower when he rode too close to the edge of the river, and fell in.

Vermillion County coroner Darrin Tucker told the media outlet that although no official cause of death has been determined, initial findings were consistent with drowning.

No one saw the accident, which officials believe happened at about 3:00 p.m., but Yoho and his mower were found in the river by his friends and other people at the campsite, which is privately owned and not a public campground, the news provider stated.

The incident is under investigation by Vermillion County officials.

Consumer Watch estimates that every year, about 80,000 people are sent to the hospital for lawn mower-related accidents.