Rolled bulldozer traps farmer

Last updated 13:55 12/03/2014
Farmer trapped by bulldozer, Upper Hutt
ROBERT KITCHIN/FAIRFAX NZ

Emergency services at the scene of the bulldozer accident.

Heavy machinery accident

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A 73-year old farmer was taken by helicopter to Wellington Hospital after his front-end loader rolled, trapping him.

Emergency services worked for more than an hour today to free the man, who was using the machine to move gravel on his Upper Hutt property.

Police said the loader rolled, crushing its cab and trapping the man underneath.

Senior Sergeant Marc Clausen, of police central communications, said emergency services were alerted about 10.15am.

Wellington Free Ambulance paramedics were at the scene for about an hour and said the man was likely to have moderate injuries.

The man was able to talk but had chest and pelvic pain, Wellington Free Ambulance spokesman Daniel Paul said.

Westpac Rescue helicopter crewman Logan Taylor said the man was pinned in the loader for about 90 minutes.

He was flown to Wellington Hospital in a moderate condition.

The man had suffered some broken bones, however his life was not in danger.

The accident has been referred to WorkSafe New Zealand.

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