Tractor roll-over off BB claims farmer’s life

Dave Marner

A Mt. Sterling farmer died Tuesday afternoon from injuries suffered when the 1968 International Harvester tractor he was operating along a private drive off Route BB overturned into a creek bed.

Gasconade County Coroner Benjamin Grosse said Wendell A. Schneider, 76, died from head and chest trauma when the tractor and front-loader he was operating around 1:15 p.m. dropped 15 to 20 feet off a narrow shoulder into the creek bed.

Owensville firemen from the station in Mt. Sterling arrived at the scene in the 2600 block of Route BB and reported the victim appeared to be deceased. Grosse said Schneider was pinned beneath the tractor.

“It was an older, open-station tractor with a front-loader on it,” said Grosse. “He was moving into a creek area and his wife was following in a vehicle.” 

Grosse said Schneider had pulled off of Route BB onto a private drive and continued north onto a narrow track of ground above the creek bed. Grosse said the tractor veered left off the drive’s narrow shoulder bank and plunged into the creek.

“I think his death was probably pretty sudden,” said Grosse, who knew Schneider’s family members through the Hermann schools. “He was a good guy. I guess that’s why they call these types of deals accidents.”

Grosse pronounced Schneider dead at 2:45 p.m., according to a report filed by Highway Patrol Cpl. Coby Holzschuh.