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Ten Commandments sculptor killed in Mo. tractor accident

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

AURORA, Mo. (AP) -- A southwest Missouri man known for his giant stone sculpture of the Ten Commandments is dead after falling under his tractor.

James Luce, 49, reportedly fell off his tractor Monday as it moved and was struck by a rear wheel.

The Missouri Highway Patrol said Luce was pronounced dead at the scene on his property along Route K, north of Aurora.

Luce drew national news coverage last year for carving the biblical commandments on giant limestone blocks on his property. The blocks weighed over 11 tons.

Luce said he sculpted the commandments as a way to thank God for sparing his family members' lives in a 2003 tornado that destroyed their house.

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