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Orchard Owner Killed in Tractor Accident

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BENTON COUNTY, Wash. - The owner of Hillside Orchards in Benton County has died after being run over by a tractor.

57 year-old Robert Edward Smith was mowing his orchard on East Jacobs Road Wednesday afternoon when the accident happened.  The farm manager found him pinned under the tractor and mower, in a ditch near the grape orchard.

Benton County Sheriff's Deputies believe the tractor got stuck, lost traction and rolled down a hill into the ditch.  Smith was pronounced dead at the scene.