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Fireys rescue man pinned by tractor
Firefighters have helped free an elderly man who became pinned under a tractor after an accident in Mt Martha this afternoon.
CFA Operations Officer Arthur Haynes said the 80-year-old was driving a tractor down a steep slope and somehow lost control.
“He’s been unable to stop and somehow ended up off the vehicle at the bottom of the slope,” he said.
“Unfortunately the man has been pinned by his arm between a tree and the front wheel.”
The man was able to use his free arm to reach for his mobile phone and raise the alarm.
“Emergency services arrived at the Forest Drive property to find the man conscious and breathing,” Mr Haynes said.
“Crews set about using specialist equipment, including airbags, to lift the tractor and slowly release pressure off the man’s arm.”
Paramedics were on scene throughout the rescue.
Once free the man was transferred via air ambulance to hospital.
Six crews attended from Mt Martha, Mornington, Dromana and Dandenong.