Graves County Woman Dies in Tractor Incident
By Joe Jackson
MAYFIELD, KY - A Graves County woman was killed Friday afternoon in a freak accident involving a tractor. Deputies said the accident took place at 4040 State Route 131.
Forty-nine-year-old Janice Douglas was assisting her husband who was digging holes with a post-hole digger which was attached to a tractor. While the post-hole digger was in operation, the glove or coat sleeve on Douglas’s right arm became entangled in the PTO shaft.
Deputies believe Douglas tried to stop the PTO shaft or clear her arm from the PTO shaft by placing her left hand and arm near the shaft. Douglas’ left arm became entangled in the PTO shaft.
Douglas then became entangled in the PTO shaft before her husband could shut the tractor down. Both of Douglas’ arms were severed from her body. She was transported to Jackson Purchase Medical Center by Mayfield/Graves County EMS. She was pronounced dead at the hospital.