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Tractor accident survivor
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mud    Posted 10-10-2004 at 11:57:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
heard on the radio last thursday night that a farmer was pinned under his overturned tractor for 3 days and survived. his grandson and son inlaw found him. the oldtimer said he heard coyotes one night, and got rained on one night.
pretty darn amazing story of survival. i cant find anything about it. happened somewhere in southside or western virginia i believe but dont know for sure. anybody know any more particulars about it?

just brings back to mind that we all got to be safe around this stuff.


farmall    Posted 10-10-2004 at 19:57:20       [Reply]  [Send Email]

as a kid, back in the 50s was driving a 38 A JD harrowing. I turned left, too short. the rods that hitched the harrow to the drawbar caught on the tread of the tire brought it up over and onto me. It shoved me off to the right side. I had the instenct to shove in the clutch and it stopped. I had to slither down and off the seat, and take it back off the tire. Another time, when I was first married, I got my sister in law to drive the tractor while I stacked hay from a loose hay loader. the wife was working that SAat. Anyway, we had to come up a pretty steep hill and then turn and go down a steeper one. Well we got up top ok, and when she made the turn, she panic ed and held in the clutch afraid to go down, but we was going down anyway, and fast, I knew what she had done and jumped off the left side of the hayrack. when I got to the tractor I couldnt get up as the rack corner was toop close to the wheel. when it straightened out a bit a leaned on the wheel andd rode the wheel up and pulled the hand brake on the F30. THe rack front hurt my back as I rode up it was that close. after that, she was ok as when we got near the top I jumped off and rode it around the corner and down to show her it was alright. Man, a fella looks back far enough at some of the things he s gone thru, he s gotta say praise ya God,,, and thanks

deadcarp    Posted 10-10-2004 at 17:26:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
about 1950 on our way to town saturday, we saw one of our neighbors' tractor overturned in a field so dad stopped to get a closer look. here the guy had turned too sharp and a disc rode up the back wheel and overbalanced things. he could still breathe and everything but was pinned crossways under the engine. it took aswhile to round up enough help to roll the rig off him so he asked for a smoke. had time to smoke it, then they lifted the tractor and he passed out and was gone. the certainty and finality of it was an awful thing for a kid to comprehend.

Dieselrider    Posted 10-10-2004 at 18:17:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
I read a story in Readers Digest that said being pinned under something heavy like that does something to your bodies potasium level and it takes a major dose of potasium to keep you from going into shock.

Bob/Ont    Posted 10-10-2004 at 12:19:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
That happened to a farmer out in Sask years ago. He knew he was going to die so he scratched his will on the fender. The will was deemed legal and went through as he wrote it. The fender is now in a museum out there.
Later Bob

farmall    Posted 10-10-2004 at 12:09:59       [Reply]  [Send Email]

had a forman once, nobody liked. He suddenly got the idee he was a rancher and bought 40 acres. he first bought a ford 8n. He loved to drink. he would have a party and show , drunk, how he could pick up the front end of the ford. well, the ford didnt last very long, even tho opur machanics kept working on it. So he bought a big MF. Well, He had bought a post hole auger from me, and I had taken it out to his place after work. A while later, when he was home, he decided he was going to pull a tree out of a creek. he backed the tractor to the edge of the creek bank and hooked a chain onto the creek, and then ON TO THE HI HITCH OF THE 3 POINT HITCH. I cant think of the proper name, tho I know it, never had having one. anyway, he then let out with a jerk that flipped the tractor over on him. He landed next to the wheel. the tractor kept running and he had to keep pusjhing himself away from the wheel. Wife found him and called help. Then operated and saved hoim, but things keep shutting down one after nother until 3 yrs down the road, there wasnt enough left to operate on and he died

HOW DO YOU    Posted 10-10-2004 at 20:25:02       [Reply]  [No Email]

Clod    Posted 10-10-2004 at 13:37:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
this seems to happen often.if you any kind of tractor in a refinery or plant you can see there is a rollover protection system.It looks like a metal top but it is strong enough to keep the operator safe IF he has a seatbelt on.even if he does not have the seatbelt on he is safe from deing crushed by the machine unless he falls outside the machine. A welder who knows a bit about structural enginnering can build one on to the ordinary tractor in just a few hours.One that will withstand the weight of the tractor if it goes over in any direction. but folks just do not care to waste money on that kind of thing. besides,It's for sissies!

mud    Posted 10-10-2004 at 16:05:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
our farm bureau outfit here in virginny will contribute to a rops cage to any producer with a policy.

we see them more & more in our area. we got a rops cage on our crawler what came off a caterpiller skidder. neighbor has one built with 3 inch sq. tubing.

not too many tri-cycle tractors working here, but several deaths in the past occured on them, mostly crossing a ditch, or falling into a groundhog den.

Bob/Ont    Posted 10-10-2004 at 15:03:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Clod, Darwin didn't want them to have a ROPS.
Later Bob

Clod    Posted 10-10-2004 at 16:54:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
It just seems crazy to me that these folks do not expect that a tractor can kill them.Just about every farm has a welding machine,Or the neighbor does. it is not a big project to build a sturdy roll bar on a tractor.

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