Police find man who had been mowing dead under tractor wheel in Joppa

An Elkton man was found dead beside a running tractor Friday evening in the 900 block of Pulaski Highway in Joppa; his death has been ruled accidental.

Woodlands Camping Resort in Elkton had called the Maryland State Police Barrack asking to check on one of its employees, John Salkowski, Lt. Charles Moore, commander of the Bel Air Barrack of the Maryland State Police, said.

Mr. Salkowski, 59, was "mowing a parcel of land for the employer," Moore continued. When troopers arrived on the scene around 7:35 p.m, they found Mr. Salkowski deceased beside the tractor, which was still running.

Police are still investigating, Moore said, adding he couldn't give more details on the cause of death.

"It was nothing unusual," Moore said, adding, "It could be medical."

In a news release Saturday evening, state police said that upon arrival, "troopers discovered Salkowski's body partially pinned underneath the left rear tire of a blue Ford tractor. He was pronounced deceased at the scene."

Moore said Tuesday the medical examiner ruled the death as accidental.

"We also observed nothing suspicious at the scene," he added.

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