Tractor at center of fatal crash investigation

COVINGTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A Miami County community is in mourning one day after a deadly tractor accident that killed a 14 year-old, the day before her birthday.

The teen, Michelle Burns, was riding in the cabin of a tractor with her mother, sister, niece and nephew.

It happened Wednesday in the 8500 block of Klinger Road near Covington.

Officials said the investigation into the accident is still in the early stages, but it appears no one was restrained at the time.

“Right now, we’re trying to look to see if that’s legal,” said Major Steve Lord with the Miami County Sheriff’s Office. “It has the appearance of it. We have a prosecutor that is researching that. In this case doesn’t have the appearance of safety.”

Investigators say the family is German Baptist and it is not uncommon for them to travel by buggy or tractors.

At the time of the crash, 43-year-old Tammy Burns was driving.

Investigators said it appears a tire slipped off the road, Burns over corrected and the trailer she was hauling began fishtailing, ultimately flipping the tractor.

Major Lord said it does not appear any traffic laws were violated, but the investigation is ongoing.

“We’re going to complete the investigation and let the prosecutors review it. I’m not sure what the conclusion will be, but we will definitely give them the investigation and let them look it over,” added Major Lord. “Let them do the legal scrutinization, we’ll just give them the facts”.

The conditions of the survivors as of Thursday afternoon:

  • Tammy Burns, 43, of Covington, was treated and released for her injuries.
  • Lisa Warner, 20, was treated and released from Miami Valley Hospital.
  • Darrin Warner, 1 year old and 6 months. He is hospitalized at Dayton Children’s Hospital in fair condition.
  • Kelly Warner, 1 month old. She is hospitalized at Dayton Children’s Hospital in fair condition.



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