BEATRICE – An Odell man was airlifted to a Lincoln hospital after being run over by a tractor, Wednesday evening.

Gage County Sheriff’s Officers were called to a home in Odell, along Garfield Street, to a report of a home accident. 

75-year-old John Novotny was working on his house and standing in the front bucket of a tractor.  Authorities said he attempted to lower the bucket and slipped.  Novotny fell from the bucket and accidentally put the tractor into gear, which then ran over him.

Odell Fire and Rescue and Beatrice Fire and Rescue responded to the scene.  A medical helicopter flew the injured man to a Lincoln hospital.  His condition was not immediately known.