Madison woman dies in tractor accident Tuesday

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

A Madison Township woman died in a tractor accident Tuesday afternoon.

Kari Faulstich, 29, 7178 W. CR 75 South, was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after report of the accident came in at 1:15 p.m.

Sheriff Mark Frisbie called the accident a tragedy, noting that the woman and her family had lived on the property for only a few weeks.

Det. Pat McFadden of the Putnam County Sheriff's Dept. determined Faulstich's death was an accident. He reports that she was trying to pull a stump out of the ground using a small Massey Ferguson tractor. Faulstich had wrapped a logging chain around the stump and attached it to the tractor in an attempt to remove the stump. However, the tension caused the tractor to flip backward, landing on Faulstich and pinning her beneath the farm implement.

Sheriff Frisbie said Faulstich was alone at the time of the accident. She was found by her small daughter, and the child told her father, who was inside the residence at the time.

Also responding to the scene to assist the Putnam County Sheriff's Department were members of the Madison Township Volunteer and Greencastle Fire Dept., as well as Operation Life ambulance personnel.

Information on funeral arrangements for Faulstich were unavailable as of presstime.

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