Fatal Mower Accident

Written by Theresa Rose on August 1, 2015

On 7-31-15 at approximately 3:12pm, Des Moines County Deputies along with the Mediapolis Fire Department and Ambulance were dispatched to the 17000 block of 50th Avenue in reference to an unconscious male subject under a lawn mower. Emergency personnel arrived and discovered that James Elder, 84, of Burlington, had tipped over his lawn tractor while mowing. Elder was pronounced dead at the scene.