This excavator came to grief on Valery Road on the Coffs Coast.
This excavator came to grief on Valery Road on the Coffs Coast. Bruce Thomas

Man knocked out in excavator crash

HE didn’t topple far but the fall was enough to knock out an excavator driver at Valery yesterday.

A 40-year-old Emerald Beach man was loading the excavator onto a low-loader on Valery Road when the machinery slid over the edge and crunched onto its side.

The man, who was initially knocked unconscious, managed to call a friend who raised the alarm.

Police and paramedics rushed to the isolated spot and discovered the man was unable to clamber out of the excavator due to his back and head injuries.

Ambulance and SES crews carefully extricated him and he was taken to hospital.

WorkCover is investigating the accident, which happened at 7.15am, about one kilometre from Valery Trails.

Fire crews also attended.

Contact Coffs Harbour Police on 6652 0299 if you have information.



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