Molino Man Killed In Alabama Bulldozer Accident

May 11, 2012

A Molino man was killed when he was run over the by bulldozer he was operating Friday morning about 12 miles northeast of Flomaton.

Joe Gene Boatwright, 73, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident off Wildfork Road near Emmons Road.

Boatwright apparently struck a 4-foot tall debris pile with the dozer at a work site and was ejected. He was then run over by the dozer’s tracks, according to Mike Lambert, chief deputy of the Escambia County (Ala.) Sheriff’s Office. The dozer then continued for about 150 yards or more, through a pond, and coming to rest across Wildfork Road.

Family members aid Boatwright has operated heavy equipment for over 60 years, and they believe a medical condition may have caused him to hit the debris pile.

The accident remains under investigation by the Escambia County (Ala.) Sheriff’s Office.

Pictured: A dozer that ran over a Molino man came to rest alongside Wildfork Road northeast of Flomaton. Pictured inset: The dozer traveled through this pond without a driver. Submitted photos for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

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22 Responses to “Molino Man Killed In Alabama Bulldozer Accident”

  1. Tommy Boatright on May 13th, 2012 7:29 pm

    Words are hard to find right now, but Jody,Joyce,Sarah and Bobby made me feel proud to have the Boatright name!!!! They each have touched my heart in a very very special way. Each one of you know what I mean. I love you all , My prayers are with you.

  2. JSCS on May 13th, 2012 7:16 pm

    Prayers go out for the Boatwright family. May God’s love, blessings and grace be with you at this sad time.

  3. Chrissy Ging on May 13th, 2012 5:37 pm

    Prayers out to you Joanne, Sarah and Chuckie,,,,,,,,,,,,, so sorry to hear this………
    love yall
    Chris

  4. Lonnie on May 12th, 2012 4:37 pm

    Chuck, we will be praying for the family. If you need anything just holler.

  5. retha on May 12th, 2012 3:26 pm

    chuckie,joyce and the rest of the family.im so sorry for your loss.he was a good man.he done a good job raising all of you after your dad died.god bless all of you.

  6. sarah cagle on May 12th, 2012 8:55 am

    I WOULD LIKE TO THANK EVERYONE THAT HAS CALLED AND BROUGHT FOOD AND DRINKS WE REALLY APPRECIATE IT. IT IS REALLY GONNA BE ROUGH THROUGH THIS. BUT WE HAVE FRIENDS LIKE YA. THE MAIN THING IS WE PRAY THAT OUR MOMMA MAKES IT THROUGH THIS. WE ALL LOVED MY DAD ALOT HE WAS ALWAYS THERE WHEN WE NEEDED ANYTHING WE WERE ALL CLOSE. WE ARE ALL GLAD HE DIED DOING WHAT HE KNEW AND WHAT HE LIKED DOING . DADDY I DIDNT GET TO TELL YOU BYE AND I LOVE YOU BUT YOU KNOW WE ALL DO SAY HELLO TO EVERYONE IN HEAVEN FOR US SEE YOU SOON.

  7. Tammy white ryland on May 11th, 2012 11:07 pm

    He will be missed by his family. My maw-maw Gladys boatwright mccaw is waiting for him in heaven.

  8. so sorry on May 11th, 2012 9:08 pm

    So very sorry for you loss, I will be praying for the family. It’s sounds like Mr. Boatwright was a dear man.

  9. carrie foster on May 11th, 2012 7:30 pm

    Mr. Boatwright was a surroagte grandpa to me after both my died when I was real young. He always could make me smile and told me I could do better with myself then what I was doing-including my husband at the time. I’m gonna miss those jokes and pokes. He was Good man and will never be forgotten. I will think of his grin after making a crack about someone and smile forever. My prayers are yall. Call me if you need ANYTHING. i love yall and am praying for you to have strength through the greif.

  10. anita macks on May 11th, 2012 6:01 pm

    So sorry for your loss.We will be praying for your family sahara and joanne.

  11. Mike Amerson on May 11th, 2012 5:25 pm

    Mr Boatwright was a fine man and friend. I spoke with him often and we were always gonna get a cup of coffee and never did. Either he was working which he done all the time or I was busy with something. I just spoke with him on the phone the other day and as usual, he was happy and just enjoying life. He always spoke highly of his family and we always talked about Clayton and Chucky. He will be missed by many and I personally will miss the early morning talks on the phone. He is in a better place than any of us and we will all meet again at a later date. Joe can catch me up on all the gossip when I get there. Mrs Boatwright, Chucky and the rest of the family, if any of you need anything at all, please call me. Mike 255-6203

  12. Cousin on May 11th, 2012 5:21 pm

    Bubba we are thinkin and prayin for your family chuck. Your dad was a awesome man. May god be with u all.

  13. neighbors...the Cambell on May 11th, 2012 5:02 pm

    I am soo sorry for your loss…we met him when his little doggy came to play with my babies & our dogs..we love the lil rascal but didnt want them to worry about him.,..he came to pick him up one day and i think we talked to him for over 1 hour that time..after that when he came to get him we talked over an hour…he was just one of those that you know right away that they are a great person….i want to offer our condolences to the family, and if there is any thing we can do please let us know…God Bless

  14. Jeannie (Daw) Page on May 11th, 2012 4:52 pm

    So sorry to hear of such a tragedy. He was a sweet man, and will be missed by so many. God Bless his family

  15. heather cagle on May 11th, 2012 4:21 pm

    pappaw will be really missed by everyone. he was doing seomthing he

  16. friend of family on May 11th, 2012 3:57 pm

    Chucky and family, we are praying for you! So sorry for your loss. It seems like there has been so much tragedy in your family. We are so saddened by this. Your dad was a good man! much love, the Rigby’s

  17. whatthehay on May 11th, 2012 3:52 pm

    The equipment has a master cut off switch, but if you are unconscious it might be a bit hard to reach, we do not know the details, all we know is a good man is gone.

  18. Molino Neighbor on May 11th, 2012 3:00 pm

    Please pray for the Boatwright family. This was Jodie Boatwright. He was a very kind and gentle man and everyone loved him who knew him.
    RIP Jodie

  19. Thinker on May 11th, 2012 2:05 pm

    Why doesn’t a machine like this have an ignition cut-off switch under the seat?

  20. Kathy on May 11th, 2012 12:18 pm

    OMgosh!! Lord Bless this Man’s Family and surround them with the Love they Need this morning.. Be with them and Guide them through the hard time’s they are about to face… God Bless & Hope every one is ok… God I hope this Man was saved by your Blood..This is so terrible.. right here at home.. You never know what is going to happen from day to day.. Thank’s & Be Blessed.. Y’all are in our Prayer’s..

  21. Fred on May 11th, 2012 12:18 pm

    So, so sad. I will be praying for the family.

  22. Tommy on May 11th, 2012 11:42 am

    Prayers to the Family.





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