A former long-time superintendent for Sulphur Springs Independent School District died Sunday in a farming accident.
Scott Ferguson, 79, of Sulphur Springs was pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Ronny Glossup.
A neighbor reportedly called emergency officials at 9:29 a.m. Sunday to report finding Ferguson not far from his house, where he’d apparently been working. A tractor was reportedly on top of Ferguson, who did not have a detectable pulse, according to sheriff's reports.
Glossup said Monday it was unclear how Ferguson became trapped under the tractor. He had apparently been working on the tractor a short distance from his rural residence. Based on an examination of the scene, officials were unable to determine whether Ferguson experienced medical difficulties which caused him to fall off the tractor or if he hit something while driving it and fell.
An autopsy was ordered at the Dallas medical examiner’s office, as is standard procedure in unattended deaths of this nature, to determine if a medical issue could have resulted in the death.
Arrangements for Ferguson are pending with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.
Ferguson was SSISD superintendent in the 1970s and early ‘80s, including the time when the bond issue for Sulphur Springs High School was passed. The high school opened in 1978. Ferguson then went on to work for Region VIII Education Service Center.
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