Auckland man hurt by tractor

MARYKE PENMAN
Last updated 14:08 26/02/2014

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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 the Auckland suburb of Greenhithe last night.

The construction worker, believed to be in his mid-40s, was driving a tractor downhill on a vacant site in Wicklam Ln when he was crushed, Albany fire station officer Athol Conway said.

"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."

A bystander did first aid on the man, who remained conscious throughout the ordeal, while they waited for ambulance staff to arrive, Conway said.

About 7.45pm firefighters helped paramedics carry the man to an ambulance at the top of the hill.

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

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

The Waitemata police serious crash unit attended the initial callout, but the investigation has been handed over to WorkSafe New Zealand.

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