EDWARDSVILLE — An Alhambra man died Saturday from injuries suffered in a fall from a tractor while he was trimming trees, according to a press release Monday from the Madison County Coroner’s Office.
Madison County Coroner Stephen P. Nonn said the Madison County Sheriff’s Department requested a deputy coroner investigator to respond to the scene of a death Saturday, Aug. 9, in the 11000 block of Leuscher Road in Alhambra.
Investigator Shane Liley of the Coroner’s Office arrived at 10:44 a.m. and learned from sheriff’s deputies and family members on the scene of the victim’s identity as Dan Henry Dauderman, 75, of the 11000 block of Leuscher Road.
He was found Saturday on his 300-acre farm in Alhambra by his nephew after his family was not able to contact him by phone. He was trimming tree limbs from the bucket of his tractor and it appeared that a tree limb fell and struck the manual bucket release mechanism, causing the bucket to flip upside down, and the decedent to fall about 10 feet to the ground.
Liley pronounced him dead at the scene at 10:59 a.m.
An autopsy was conducted later on Saturday and a preliminary cause of death is described as a cervical fracture and transection of the spinal cord.
The family estimated Dauderman may have been out in the wooded area remote from the residence since last Tuesday, that being the last day his mail had been picked up, and no one had seen or spoken to him since then.
The Coroner’s Office will perform routine toxicological testing.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Dauderman Funeral Home in Alhambra.