Boy driving tractor accidentally runs over grandfather, uncle

BLENDON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) – An 11-year-old boy driving a tractor accidentally ran over his grandfather and uncle Saturday, according to the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies said John David Hoeksema, 75, the boy’s grandfather, and his 45-year-old uncle were standing in front of the 1949 tractor’s back tires when the boy’s foot slipped off the clutch and the tractor lurched forward, running over the men.

The 75-year-old grandfather suffered non-life threatening internal injuries and the 45-year-old uncle may have suffered shoulder and leg injuries, also non-life threatening.

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