Teacher remembers Jackson Co. teen killed in tractor accident

JACKSON COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Wednesday afternoon the community in Jackson County is mourning the loss of a teenager killed when his tractor overturned.

It happened on Highway 3630 in the Annville Community of Jackson County.

The coroner's office says Nicholas Mathis lost control of the tractor, and it went over a ravine and flipped on top of him.

Nick Mathis,18, graduated from Jackson County just weeks ago. His teachers say his death is a big loss for this small community.

The Jackson county deputy coroner says Mathis died after the farm tractor he was driving tipped over and went down a ravine. Mathis was pronounced dead at the scene.

His agriculture teacher says Mathis loved the outdoors and was an active member of his schools Future Farmers of America.

He says the early reports from the scene were that a steering rod on the tractor broke, causing Mathis to lose control but officials say they don't have a cause yet.

Whatever led to the crash, Mathis' teacher says it's left a lot of broken hearts.

Doug Wilson, one of Mathis' teachers, says, "It's a tragic. It's absolutely a tragedy."

His services are being handled by Lakes Funeral Home in McKee.

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