Victim's brother talks about deadly potato truck accident

Victim's family talks about deadly farming accident (Reporter: Amanda Brannon)

AYDEN - A man involved in a farming accident Monday has died, officials said.

Pitt County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Christy Wallace said a worker run over by a potato truck in Ayden died from his injuries.

Wallace said Alvaro Tomos, 41, from a migrant camp from the Snow Hill area, has died. Wallace added two of the Tomos' brothers were nearby when several witnesses saw the potato truck run over the worker.

The Pitt County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed Tomos died from "crush and blunt injuries to his head, chest and abdomen due to a farming accident."

Using a translator, NewsChannel 12 spoke to Francisco Augustine Tomos about his brother.

"He was picking up sweet potatoes. He was in the back of the truck and the truck backed up and that's when the accident happened. When the accident happened he not know it was his brother until he run over to the truck and find his brother in the floor buried alive," Tomos said.

Franciso said his brother had moved to the United States six months ago to earn money for his family back home.

"He was a good man, the father of three. Umh helped anybody," he said.

After the accident at the farm, Francisco said he was able to call his mom in Guatemala, nearly 3,000 miles away.

"It was a surprise to her mother. She feels really bad. She didn't drive since yesterday," he said.

Wallace said nearly 100 people were picking sweet potatoes at the time of the incident.

Pitt County Dispatch says the call came in at 8:22 a.m.

Tomos' funeral will be held at Rouse Mortuary Service in Greenville Tuesday at 6 p.m.


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