MELBETA, Neb. (AP) – A Nebraska Panhandle farmer narrowly escaped serious injury when his tractor ran over a bridge railing and landed upside down into the North Platte River.
The accident occurred Thursday afternoon just north of Melbeta (mehl-BEE’-tuh) in Scotts Bluff County. Trooper Troy Elliott of the Nebraska State Patrol says 60-year-old Kevin Batt forgot he had empty spray tanks mounted on the side of his tractor as he moved over to make room for a car to pass. The tanks snagged and then the tractor’s tires gained purchase and drove the tractor over the railing. It toppled over into about 2 1/2 feet of water.
Batt was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries. A tow truck lifted the tractor back onto the pavement Thursday night.