A beloved grandfather was killed when he was pinned between a tractor and an empty trailer while working at a peanut factory, according to Alabama state officials.
Glenn Pate, Owner Dixie Peanut Company in Ashford, died Tuesday, Oct. 25, according to McClatchy News in Houston County. Pate was working with another man to connect two empty trailers when the tractor rolled backwards, pinning him between the tractor and the trailer.
Pate, 68, died of his injuries.
It is still unclear whether the tractor was left in reverse, or whether it was carried back, the coroner’s office said.
The owner of the mill “was a friend, supporter and confidante,” one user wrote in a Facebook post on Oct. 25.
“I more than a broken heart and I don’t have the words to describe it and I don’t think I ever will, the pain is unreal,” his daughter Amanda Lauren Pate wrote in a post.
Pate celebrated his birthday on October 5.
“Happy birthday best papa and papa. Jake and I love you so much,” his daughter wrote on Facebook.
The Patet family kept the mill open Wednesday, saying it was “what he wanted,” according to a Facebook post from his daughter.
Ashford is approximately 85 miles northwest of Tallahassee, Florida.