Ahwahnee man dies in tractor crash

An Ahwahnee man died this week after he was rolled over by a tractor in the 31000 block of Road 400, Madera County Sheriff’s Cmdr. Tyson Pogue confirmed.

He was identified Wednesday as Paul Ruell, 65.

The crash happened around 9 a.m. Tuesday. Helicopter medics, in SkyLife One, remained overhead for a time but were called off when Ruell was located.

Ruell was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of the crash, and what caused his death, remains under investigation.

On social media, friends mourned the loss of Ruell.

“He was always kind to children,” wrote Samuel Randrup. “I met him when he was a kid, he was a master of tractors. He did a lot for my dad and family ... love you brother. R.I.P.”

Staff report