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Man injured in tractor accident still in critical condition

August 24, 2018

BRIDGEWATER — A young man seriously injured after being run over by a tractor near the Bridgewater Country Fair remained in critical condition Friday.

Friends and family members of Tim Meeker Jr. attended a vigil held for him Thursday at the Salem Covenant Church in Washington. Meeker was injured last weekend when he fell from the back of a tractor and was run over by one of the wheels.

“The family cannot begin to convey how much your prayers, visits, notes, texts, meals, hugs and more mean to them in this time of waiting and uncertainty,” stated a post by the church on its Facebook page Friday. “Our heartfelt thanks to those who were able to be at the prayer vigil.”

While Meeker had been placed in a medically-induced coma earlier this week, doctors have begun slowly easing him off the sedation, according to the posting.

“It seems he is aware of his family’s presence with him,” the post states.

While those who know Meeker pray for his recovery, questions remain about how the accident occurred. According to State Police, Meeker had been asked by fair workers to help pull cars out of the mud.

Dozens of cars had to be pulled from the muddy parking lot at the fair on Saturday after more than 2 1/2 inches of rain fell on the region the week before.

While family members said they have no doubt that Meeker was helping out with the effort, officials with the town and the fair said they had no knowledge of his assistance and only limited knowledge of the accident.

dperrefort@newstimes.com

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