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Victim in fatal South Bay tractor accident identified as Belle Glade …

A 39-year-old Belle Glade man has been identified as the victim of a fatal tractor accident Thursday in South Bay near the Okeelanta Sugar headquarters on U.S. 27.

Juan M. Ruiz died after his John Deere farm tractor rolled down an embankment and into a canal, the Florida Highway Patrol said. According to a crash report, Ruiz was spraying weeds on the sugar mill’s property when his tractor rolled over for unknown reasons.

The tractor landed on its right side and the enclosed cab filled with water. Ruiz was unable to exit, even though the door was on the tractor’s left side and was out of the water, the report said.

The tractor was found when other workers began looking for Ruiz after he failed to attend a meeting.

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