OSAGE COUNTY, Mo. – A mechanical failure caused the front end of a John Deere tractor to collapse in Osage County yesterday morning, resulting in the death of it’s operator.

According to the Missouri Highway Patrol report, Reuben E. Luebbring, 77, of Freeburg, was northbound on Highway 63, South of County Road 611 when the 30/20 tractor collapsed on the highway.

Luebbring was ejected onto the pavement and died at the scene.