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UPDATE: Man dies after tractor rolls while cleaning up storm damage

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UPDATE: A man has died after a tractor rolled over him while he was cleaning up storm damage this morning. 

Roger Dale Witter, 72, was operating his farm tractor when it rolled onto it's top, pinning Witter beneath. 

Emergency services arrived on scene and were able to free Witter from underneath the tractor but Witter had died from his injuries at the scene.

The Clayton County Sheriff's Office was assisted by Mar-Mac Emergency Services, McGregor Fire Department, and the CLayton County Medical Examiner. 


UPDATE: According to the Clayton County Sheriff, a tractor ran over a man in rural McGregor while he was cleaning up after the storm. The man was taken to a local hospital.

We're working to gather more information, stay with KWWL for updates. 


McGregor city leaders are urging people to stay out of the area if they're not from the community.

At least check, nearly 1,000 people are without power after Wednesday's devastating EF-1 tornado touched down in Clayton County.

It destroyed much of the Main Street area by toppling buildings, smashing cars, uprooting trees, and knocking down power lines.

Crews are wasting no time getting right to work.

McGregor Mayor Harold Brooks says, "At this time, our primary concern is keeping residents and first responders safe. We're trying to get things returned to normal as soon as possible, and we are working to restore power to the main lines, which requires some tree clean-up."

Throughout Thursday morning, state troopers were busy directing traffic by letting people from McGregor back in town, while they also turned people away who just wanted a look.

"Stay away. If you live in town, and you have to get to your home in town, come in, use caution, go to your homes, stay in your homes, avoid the downtown area if you can. If you don't live in town, don't come in," Mayor Brooks said.

Barricades are posted all over Clayton County to remind people to stay out of McGregor until crews are able to restore power.

Keep in mind, people cleaning up are doing that without any power or air-conditioning, which makes it that much more difficult.

"Obviously, with the weather, people are not going to be able to go back home with no air, and in the process of doing so ... we want to make sure everyone stays safe, and we appreciate all the volunteers, but that area can only take so many people. We've got licensed and insured logging companies that are helping out," Clayton County Sheriff Mike Tschirgi said.

Right now, crews are busy clearing debris so power can be restored.

City leaders say they're not sure how long it'll be, but they're concerned it could be days.

Effective Thursday, there is a 10 p.m. curfew for the community.

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