Lawrence man rescued after being pinned under tractor

Paul Garrod •

   LAWRENCE - A freak accident Saturday, June 8, that resulted in a man being pinned under a heavy farm tractor in Lawrence Township, had a successful outcome, according to the Lawrence Township Emergency Services (LTES) Fire Chief Michael Anchor.
   LTES responded to a report  of a man pinned under a heavy farm tractor at approximately 5 p.m., at 55871 68th Ave. Anchor said the man was operating the tractor and accidently crashed into a building garage door. The impact of the crash caused the man to have  internal injuries. Anchor said it is believed that when he got off the tractor after the crash, it rolled forward, and pinned the man’s lower leg directly under one of the rear tires. Anchor said the estimated weight of the tractor is approximately 12,000 pounds.
   Following the crash, the man was conscious and was  believed to have serious injuries resulting from the incident.  LTES quickly lifted the tractor, using a large jack, cribbing, and a battery powered JAWS tool, to free the individual, a process that took approximately seven minutes, according to Anchor.
   “The equipment that Lawrence Township has invested in and last year’s heavy truck extrication training held in Lawrence for Van Buren County firefighters contributed greatly in the patient’s outcome,“ said Anchor. “When these kind of things happen, it’s great to see our department function in a professional and safe manner. It all falls back on equipment and  training,” said Anchor.
   The individual was transported by Van Buren Emergency Medical Services (VBEMS) to  Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo, where he is making a good recovery, according to family members.
   Assisting at the scene was  the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office deputies, who assisted in freeing the man.


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