Tractor rolls on Kalang farmer



A KALANG man, 54, is recovering after a tractor accident on his property.

Senior Constable Scott Parker said that at 4.10pm on Wednesday, the man was driving his two-and-a-half tonne tractor on an access road to his property during slashing work.

Const. Parker said the soft ground gave way under the weight of the tractor, which rolled five metres down an embankment into thick vegetation.

The man's right leg was pinned under the tractor.

The man's son, 21, found him after hearing his cries for help, and raised the alarm.

SES, police and ambulance officers rushed to the scene and stabilised the tractor so that it would not roll further down the embankment.

Emergency crews released the man at 5.56pm, just as the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter landed in a makeshift clearing 200m west of the accident scene.

The man was flown out at 6.15pm and was taken to Coffs Harbour Health Campus, where he underwent surgery later that night.

The man suffered multiple rib fractures, a fractured pelvis, a fractured left ankle, a dislocated right knee, and cuts to both his legs.

His condition was listed as satisfactory yesterday.



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