Farm Accident Claims Life

A teenager is dead from a tragic accident in a tobacco field.

18-year-old Keith Cotton of Tunis died in the accident Thursday near Harrellsville in Hertford County, according to the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald. The paper says Cotton was trying to clear tobacco jammed in the harvester, when his shirt got caught in the machinery. The sheriff says Cotton died from his injuries in the field.


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  • by Sue Location: Greenville on Sep 5, 2009 at 12:19 PM
    Chris, you are exactly right. People need to stop being so judgemental and look at what has happened. He was working and lost his life. He has family out there that love him and no doubt wanted him to come home. I hope the family finds the strenght to get through this tragic time. God Bless You.
  • by Fact Dog Location: Nc on Sep 5, 2009 at 07:54 AM
    Farmers and all others take the time to do things safe.Shut the equipment down before trying to clear a jam.It may take longer but at the end of the day you will go home alive and with all of your limps.PLEASE BE SAFE AND CAREFULL YOUR LOVE ONES WANT YOU TO COME HOME TO THEM.
  • by Chris Location: Windsor on Sep 5, 2009 at 06:33 AM
    T, It goes to show that morons exsist even on the internet.. Your comment is way out of line considering that someone has lost a son, nephew, ggrandchild, etc. Why not find something constructive to do?
  • by ahoskie Location: atown on Sep 4, 2009 at 08:47 PM
    CHRIS-Keith is their nephew
  • by JH Location: Winton on Sep 4, 2009 at 01:53 PM
    My prayers go out to the Cotton family. The accident happend Wed afternoon just before Noon. My husband is a Vol Fireman with the fire dept that was dispatched to the scene. Its such a tragic accident that happened to such a young man with his whole life ahead of him. This goes to show just how short life is. You need cherish each day and everyone in your life! Never take anyone for granted!
  • by J Location: Gville on Sep 4, 2009 at 01:46 PM
    Cindi, WITN felt that my comment back to you was inappro[riate apparently but either way, Like you said, I can SPEAK when I like and I felt that mentioning that there was a CHAIN around his NECK was not a good thing to post right now. It DOESNT MATTER how or when, it jus tmatters that it happened and hopefully people can learn to turn OFF the machines before working on them. Its not the first time and it wont be the last. Let the family rest in peace
  • by Chris Location: Windsor on Sep 4, 2009 at 01:42 PM
    I wonder if he was any kin to rhonda and jimmy cotton? Their children should be older then 18, either way my thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends.
  • by Farmers Wife Location: Bertie on Sep 4, 2009 at 01:07 PM
    Keith was a wonderful hardworking young man. He worked on our farm before he left to work for his father. Our prayers are with his family as your loss is truly a great one.
  • by Cindi Location: Simpson on Sep 4, 2009 at 10:54 AM
    "J" let people SPEAK! This person has some very worthy info.Don't you think if we know how things REALLY happen,then maybe it could prevent another life?Dang Liberals!
  • by J Location: Gville on Sep 4, 2009 at 09:54 AM
    Anon @ 9:02, please keep those comments to yourself. If DOESNT MATTER HOW it happen, just that it did and this family has to suffer from it. Cotton family, you are in my prayers.
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