TRAGEDY: The accident occurred at Patrick Dugan’s residence at the end of McMasters Rd.
TRAGEDY: The accident occurred at Patrick Dugan’s residence at the end of McMasters Rd. Georja Ryan

Man dies after tractor rollover

AN UPPER Freestone man died at the scene of a tractor accident on McMasters Rd on Sunday night.

Patrick Dugan, a 68-year-old father of two, was slashing on his property when the tractor is believed to have slipped into a gully.

Wife Jan Dugan made the 000 call at around 8pm when he did not return from the paddock for his dinner.

Close friend and nearby resident Alex Gudkovs believed Mr Dugan began work on the tractor just after 4.30pm.

"We don't know exactly what happened but he didn't come in for his evening meal," Mr Gudkovs said.

"He was found on the fire track, the tractor had fallen over in a gully."

Queensland Ambulance Service paramedics arrived about 8.30pm but Mr Dugan was pronounced deceased with severe head injuries.

One of his close friends, Bob Lane, said he was a well-liked man and a friend to all.

"I had known him since 1971," Mr Lane said.

"He was a good, loyal friend and gentle soul."

Mr Lane said Mr Dugan had lived in the region for around 30 years.

"He loved classical music and played guitar," he said.

"And he had such a depth of general knowledge."

One McMasters Rd resident said although she did not know the Dugan family, it was a tragedy to hear what had happened.

"We saw the (ambulance) lights going past," she said.

"Even though we don't know who it is personally, he's still someone's family."


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