COVINGTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A 15-year-old girl was killed when a tractor overturned in Miami County Wednesday afternoon.
Five people were on the tractor when it tipped in the 8500 block of Klinger Road around 5:00 p.m.
“Today, the fact that the trailer didn’t have seat belts kind of has added to some of the fatality and some of the injuries,” said Major Steve Lord, Miami County Sheriff’s Office.
The accident killed the teen and sent her mother and older sister to area hospitals.
Her niece and newphew were flown from the scene onboard the Careflight helicopter.
The coroner identified the victims Wednesday night as:
- Tammy Burns, 43, of Covington.
- Michelle Burns, 14, died in the crash. Her 15th birthday is April 24. Tammy Burns is her mother.
- Lisa Warner, 20, is also Tammy Burns’ daughter. She was treated and released from Miami Valley Hospital.
- Darrin Warner, 1 year old and 6 months, is Lisa Warner’s son. He is hospitalized at Dayton Children’s Hospital. He is in serious condition.
- Kelly Warner, 1 month old, is Lisa Warner’s daughter. She is hospitalized at Dayton Children’s Hospital in fair condition.
The family is part of the German Baptist community. They use tractors to get around.
“We see a lot of motor vehicle crashes with cars. I don’t know that this is necessarily something that’s less safe. It’s just that tractors don’t have the occupant restraint devices, they don’t have the airbags. So, typically when they do have an accident, the injuries are a little more severe,” said Major Lord.
A preliminary investigation reveals the trailer might have been too heavy and combined with the hill, could have caused it to jack knife.
Major Lord says it isn’t illegal to have that many people on a tractor, but it can be dangerous.
While it’s difficult for him and his officers to see a tragedy like this, he knows others have a heavier burden to carry.
“We’re also mindful that the family’s going to go through a lot worse than we are and our sympathies go out to them.”