Greencastle teen killed in farming accident

Riley Sutherlin, 17, was trapped under equipment

INDIANAPOLIS - An accident on a Greencastle farm led to the death of a high school student Monday afternoon.

Riley Sutherlin, 17, was moving dirt in a backhoe on his family farm when the machine overturned, throwing Sutherlin from his seat and trapping him under the cab.

The family was installing grain bins on the Cedar View Farm. Sutherlin was working on that project at the time of the accident.

Putnam County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Tom Helmer says the young man’s father and uncle used another tractor to lift the backhoe from Sutherlin’s back before responders arrived.

Responders initiated CPR upon arrival, but the young man was pronounced dead at the scene.

“It’s a very sad scene because a lot of people know the Sutherlins and he’s just a fantastic kid as I understand,” says Helmer.

The father tells Helmer, Sutherlin was ready to start his senior year with hopes of attending Purdue University next fall.

No autopsy is planned.

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