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Farm accident survivor at HCMC, men were run over by tractor

OLIVIA -- The two men involved in a Wednesday afternoon fatal farm accident north of Olivia were apparently attempting to start a four-wheel drive tractor when they were run over by the machine, according to Renville County Chief Deputy Doug Pomplun.

Scott Bratsch, 46, was pronounced dead at the scene. Delbert Wetzel, 76, remains a patient at Hennepin County Medical Center, Pomplun said Friday. Officers haven't yet interviewed Wetzel about what exactly happened in the accident.

The sheriff's office received a 911 call around 3:45 p.m. from a family member who had arrived to find the men lying on the ground. Officers arrived to find that the tractor had hit one electrical pole, then veered off, striking the main electrical pole in the farm yard.