A man tried to rescue his brother after a tractor rolled on top of him in Williamsburg, but his efforts were unsuccessful.

Just after 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, Wayne County sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a tractor rolling on top of its driver in the 7100 block of Morgan Creek Road in Williamsburg.

John Frost, 62, of Williamsburg was attempting to remove a small tree with a utility tractor and a chain when the accident occurred, according to Sheriff Randy Retter.

As Frost attempted to pull the tree with the tractor, the tractor rolled over, trapping him between the seat and the ground.

Frost’s brother, David Frost, was visiting from Alabama. After discovering the overturned tractor, David called 911.

David’s initial efforts to free John were unsuccessful because of the weight and position of the tractor, Retter said.

John Frost was pronounced dead at the scene.

Assistance came from Wayne County Emergency Communications, Reid Health EMS, fire departments from Fountain City, Williamsburg and Economy, and the Wayne County coroner.

Frost was a longtime member and a current trustee at Connersville Baptist Temple, and church leaders have asked for prayers for his wife, Beth, daughters Christina and Heather, and other loved ones. They called the Frosts “a beloved part of our church family.”

Visitation will take place from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the church, 1380 E. Indiana 44, followed by a celebration of life service.

Frost was called a constant source of encouragement and love to those who knew him.

“We rejoice knowing that John is in the presence of His Savior whom he loved so much,” church officials said.

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Millicent Martin Emery is a reporter and editor for the Western Wayne News.