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Airlift after tractor accident

Last updated 05:00 28/02/2014

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A man is recovering from serious leg injuries after he was run over by a tractor on a steep grassy slope in Greenhithe.

The construction worker, believed to be in his mid 40s, was driving a tractor downhill on a vacant site in Wicklam Lane when he was crushed on Tuesday night, Albany Fire station officer Athol Conway says.

"It appears he has had to put it in four-wheel drive, as it's quite steep, and somehow he has lost control and it's run him over," he says.

A bystander was carrying out first aid on the man, who remained conscious throughout the ordeal, while they waited for ambulance staff to arrive, Mr conway says.

At around 7.45pm firefighters helped paramedics to carry the man in a stokes basket to an ambulance at the top of the hill.

The man was taken to Auckland Hospital where he was treated for significant cuts and crushing injuries.

Mr Conway says the man had been using the tractor to deliver concrete blocks at the site where a house is currently under construction.

The Waitemata police serious crash unit attended the initial call-out.

The investigation has now been handed over to Worksafe New Zealand.

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