14-year-old killed in tractor accident in Watauga County, officials say

A 14-year-old has died following a tractor accident in Watauga County, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies said they received a 911 call on Dec. 30 from a person who said they saw a tractor slide down a steep hill before rolling over in a field near Old U.S. Highway 421.

At the scene, deputies found Cole Ellis deceased underneath the tractor-trailer.

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Deputies said Ellis was feeding cattle in the field when the tractor he was operating lost traction and began sliding down a hill. The tractor then overturned, according to deputies.

This is a developing story. Check wsoctv.com for updates.

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