White Lake Twp. man, 72, found dead outside after plowing - Boston News, Weather, Sports | FOX 25 | MyFoxBoston

White Lake Twp. man, 72, found dead outside after plowing with tractor

Posted: Updated:
(WJBK) -

Police in Oakland County's White Lake Township the body of 72-year-old Alton Barett was found Tuesday outside his home in the community. Neighbors saw Barett outside on his tractor plowing the snow. They tell Fox 2's Alexis Wiley the action did not surprise them, because that's the kind of person he was.

"It just kind of bothers me that I might have looked over there while he was laying there," says neighbor Kyle Harmon.

VIDEO: Click on the video player above to hear more from neighbors in Alexis Wiley's report

It's believed his tractor may have gotten stuck in the snow and he was using a shovel to try and dig it out, which may make him the fifth person in Michigan who died after shoveling snow. The official cause of death is pending from the medical examiner's office.

Michigan authorities as of Tuesday had reported seven other deaths during the winter storm, including four who collapsed after shoveling snow and three killed in traffic accidents.

-The Associated Press contributed to this report

  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast

WJBK FOX 2 is proud to announce a full featured weather app for iPhone, iPad and Android!

The all new FOX 2 Weather app is now available to download for free in the Apple iTunes App Store and on the Android Market by searching for 'FOX 2 Weather.

Features include:

  • Highly responsive interactive map optimized for 3G and WiFi performance
  • Vertical and horizontal map display with looping
  • NOWrad, the gold standard for radar in the weather industry
  • Highest resolution satellite cloud imagery available
  • Exclusive patent pending Road Weather Index
  • Color coded weather alerts arranged by severity
  • Fully integrated GPS for current location awareness
  • Integrated compass overlay for 3GS models
  • Most accurate 10 day forecasts with both daily and hourly detail
  • Ability to easily save your favorite locations
  • Full featured and user tested
  • Earthquake plotting - tap on an earthquake to display its detail
  • iOS 5 compatibility
  • Powered by WorldNow

    25 FOX Drive
    Dedham, MA 02026

    Phone (781) 467-2525

    Didn't find what you were looking for?
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
    Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices