KENTLAND, IN – A gate malfunction has claimed the life of Richard Williams, a 59-year-old resident of Kentland.
According to Newton County Sheriff’s Office, the incident occurred on Friday, March 24th, when Williams pulled his van into his property and went to secure the gate.
An early investigation details into the incident report Williams was securing the gate, when his vehicle experienced a gear malfunction and began to roll backward towards the roadway. Williams allegedly attempted to stop the van from rolling, deciding to go to the rear of the vehicle. Williams then became pinned underneath the van, leading to his untimely death.
The incident happened at the intersection of CR1300S and CR 150W, approximately 2 miles northeast of Kentland. The Newton County Sheriff’s Office is leading the investigation into the accident, with assistance from other agencies such as Newton County EMS, Newton County Coroner, Kentland Fire, Indiana State Police, and CR Repair.
The tragic incident serves as a reminder of the potential dangers that can occur with equipment malfunctions, even during seemingly routine tasks such as securing a gate. The Newton County Sheriff’s Office urges residents to prioritize safety when operating machinery or vehicles on their property.
Anyone with more information regarding the incident is urged to contact the Newton County Sheriff’s Office.