Elderly Clearwater man killed when tractor flips over

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 1:52 PM
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An elderly man died after a tractor flipped over on him this afternoon, according to Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton.

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Bath Fire and Rescue work at the scene of an accident on Cherokee Rd. in North Augusta where a tractor flipped over on top of a man.  Jackie Ricciardi/Staff
Jackie Ricciardi/Staff
Bath Fire and Rescue work at the scene of an accident on Cherokee Rd. in North Augusta where a tractor flipped over on top of a man.

Louis Atkinson, 83, was pronounced dead at his home in Clearwater at about 1:30 p.m., according to Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton.

Mr. Atkinson was preparing his garden when the incident occurred. Apparently he was attempting to plow a drainage trench downhill toward a pond on the property when he drove the tractor down a nearly 8-foot drop-off, causing the vehicle to overturn, Mr. Carlton said.

The Aiken County Coroner's Office is investigating, but no autopsy is planned, the coroner said.

The accident occurred off Cherokee Drive, near Belvedere-Clearwater Road, Aiken County sheriff’s Capt. Troy Elwell said.

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My_2nd
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My_2nd 03/24/09 - 02:43 pm
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do people forget that farm

do people forget that farm tractors are top heavy?

Jamal0240
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Jamal0240 03/24/09 - 02:57 pm
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The guy was probably drunk.

The guy was probably drunk. As a boy growing up in racist Goshen I remember being chased by drunked rednecks on tractors down old waysboro. Thank you jesus for blessing me with some fast legs.

onecatfish
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onecatfish 03/24/09 - 03:08 pm
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To bad jesus did not give you

Unpublished

To bad jesus did not give you a brain.

NA10S
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NA10S 03/24/09 - 03:11 pm
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great assumption

great assumption Jamal0420...NOT!!! can you get anymore ignorant? what does your childhood have to do with a good ole working man? maybe you could learn from this man's work ethic rather that criticizing him!!! get a life!

clyde1
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clyde1 03/24/09 - 03:17 pm
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You guys are cruel. Have you

You guys are cruel. Have you absolutely no compassion for an accident that has occurred? An elderly man's prognosis is not good and you feel it gives you the right to insult him by publicly insinuating that he was drunk? Out of curiosity, Jamal0240, how old are you, why are you so cruel to somebody who you feel is below you, and why do you have to bring up the term "racist?"

asustudent8824
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asustudent8824 03/24/09 - 03:21 pm
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jamal sounds like a black

jamal sounds like a black name, your being sterotypical, i can to

prayingforthisworld
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prayingforthisworld 03/24/09 - 03:30 pm
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Praying this man is able to

Praying this man is able to overcome his injuries.

REDRIDER
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REDRIDER 03/24/09 - 03:59 pm
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The man has died Please be

The man has died Please be thoughtful

prayingforthisworld
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prayingforthisworld 03/24/09 - 04:26 pm
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Praying for this man's family

Praying for this man's family during this difficult time.

itisjustmyopinion
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itisjustmyopinion 03/24/09 - 05:27 pm
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God Bless this mans family. I

God Bless this mans family. I will keep his family in my thoughts and prayers.

GOD BLESS

undetected
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undetected 03/24/09 - 05:43 pm
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I rebuke all of you people

I rebuke all of you people who act as if you are full of evil, invincible, and inhumane. Some of your comments are unsettling and it makes me wonder if you guys even know what you are saying out of your mouths. Your mouths determine so much. A man speaketh and so he becomes. You say what youare and mean what you say. I just think its sad and when there is tragedy you people give satan so much power in your uncompassionate responses.

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freddyb 03/24/09 - 08:34 pm
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Here is to all the idiots

Here is to all the idiots making rude and false comments! That man was my Uncle Lewis. He was a hard working Christian man. I have fond memories of him.

It really [filtered word] me off to hear some of the comments of you that don't know the whole story or much less never met such a peaceful man. Instead you make up your own stories so people will think your smart or funny with your stupid remarks. Your thinking is the reason the worlds going to the toilet!

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Does_it_really_matter 03/24/09 - 08:57 pm
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Amen, freddyb.....my prayers

Amen, freddyb.....my prayers to you and your family

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KSL 03/24/09 - 10:08 pm
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jamal, keep up your posts and

jamal, keep up your posts and set race relations back 100 years. And guess who will suffer from it. My condolences to the family. Tractor accidents are tragic and sometimes unavoidable. Sorry for your loss. Ignore the scum who post here.

carolinagirl1970
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carolinagirl1970 03/25/09 - 04:01 am
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My prayers and thoughts are

My prayers and thoughts are with this man's family.

christian134
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christian134 03/25/09 - 07:44 am
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To the members of the Wilson

To the members of the Wilson family our prayers going out...May you, who are left behind, be filled with the love of the Lord during this time of your intense grief and sorrow...

cash bail
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cash bail 03/25/09 - 09:11 am
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My prayers go out to the

My prayers go out to the Wilson family. Please ignore these rude and retarded folks because they are retarded. But rememember yall evil folks what goes around comes around.

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old school graduate 03/25/09 - 09:16 am
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God Bless this man and his

God Bless this man and his family. He had the depression-era stamina that keeps that generation going, and going, till the end. I admire that generation so much. With tough times ahead, we better take a few lessons from them.

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Nothing else to say 03/25/09 - 09:34 am
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If you can't say something

If you can't say something good don't say anything at all.
Mr. Atkinson was a good hearted, hard working man who had an unfortunate accident. He will be missed by his family and friends. The Chronicle editor did a poor job on this story.

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granny6 03/25/09 - 11:22 am
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My prayers are with you. My

My prayers are with you. My grandfater was killed in an automobile accident. He was also working. Carrying carpet to a new house he was building. Some idiot hit him. Ignor the idiots
God Bless you.

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