Cumby woman dies in tractor accident
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Sept. 11, 2005 -- A 56-year-old Cumby woman died Saturday morning from blunt force injuries sustained after the tractor she was driving flipped over, pinning her beneath it.

Marietta Kneifl and her husband, Joseph, were working about a quarter of a  mile behind their County Road 4738 residence attempting to enlarge a neighbor’s pond when the accident occurred.

Joseph Kneifl told sheriff’s deputies and emergency responders that Marietta was working on the tractor and he was driving a small Caterpillar bulldozer just before 9:30 a.m. Saturday. The bulldozer became stuck in the soft earth, and Marietta, from higher ground, attempted to use the tractor to free the bulldozer. The tractor flipped over, pinning her beneath the steering wheel. 

Joseph was unable to extract her from beneath the tractor, but  then managed to get the dozer unstuck. He used the bulldozer to lift the tractor up and pulled Marietta from beneath it.

Anthony Davidson, who lives behind the pond, was mowing near his house. He said upon seeing the tractor smoking and Joseph attempting to help his wife, he used his cell phone to call 911. He then went to the gate at the end of the driveway to help emergency responders to the location.

Emergency responders attempted but were unable to revive the seriously injured woman.

Marietta Kneifl was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Ronny Glossup at 10:10 a.m. Saturday. A priest was called to the scene to administer last rites. Arrangements were pending with a local funeral home.

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