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Authorities in Mississippi say a man was killed while saving his 3-year-old daughter who had managed to climb onto a tractor and turn it on.

Posted: Jun. 29, 2018 2:12 PM
Updated: Jun. 29, 2018 10:37 PM

LUMBERTON, Miss. (AP) — Authorities in Mississippi say a man was killed while saving his 3-year-old daughter who had managed to climb onto a tractor and turn it on.

Pearl River County Coroner Derek Turnage tells WLOX-TV that 24-year-old Bradley Christensen, originally from Tupelo/Fulton, was crushed by the tractor on June 23 in Lumberton. The news station quotes family members in a Wednesday report as saying that Christensen was a hero.

Authorities say he had been talking to his landlord while his kids played outside when the toddler was able to push a button on the tractor and it began to roll. The tractor was moving toward the landlord's porch when Christensen rushed to take her down. It then pinned him underneath.

First responders performed life saving measures and airlifted Christensen to a hospital, where he died.

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