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Man Killed In Lawnmower Accident In Columbia

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David Haynes David Haynes

COLUMBIA, Tenn. – A Maury County maintenance worker died Monday morning in Columbia when the mower he was riding on rolled on top of him.

The body of 48-year-old David Haynes was discovered Monday morning by a passing motorist who saw the upside-down mower at the intersection of Oakland Parkway and Rutherford Lane and stopped to investigate. The motorist called 911 around 10:30 a.m. after finding Haynes, who was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency medical workers.

Officials said Haynes was cutting grass around a sign and attempted to cut along a small hill when he and the mower started rolling.

Haynes had worked for the county for 10 years. County mayor Jim Bailey called Haynes a wonderful employee who will be missed.

"He was a very likeable individual," said Bailey. "He always seemed to be happy and had a big smile on his face."

Haynes' family is said to be distraught, but family members are being helped by friends and pastors.

This is the third accident involving lawn mowers in the mid-state in the last week. A 28-year-old man died last Wednesday after a similar accident in which a lawn mower he was riding fell on top of him while he was mowing on an incline in Goodlettsville. 

That same day, a 4-year-old child was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center after being run over by a lawnmower in Lebanon. His condition was unknown.

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