Man crushed by tractor broke both legs

21:15, Jun 12 2014

A man broke both his legs after being crushed by a tractor while another man severed the tips of two fingers in unrelated accidents in Picton and the Marlborough Sounds.

St John Ambulance Picton station manager Tony Cronin said a 51-year-old Picton man was crushed between a tractor and a truck. The incident happened near the Waitohi Wharf just after 4.30pm on Wednesday.

Cronin believed the man was loading the tractor on to a truck for transport when he got caught between the tractor and the cab of the truck.

The man was taken to Wairau Hospital in Blenheim in a moderate to serious condition.

A hospital spokeswoman said yesterday he was comfortable.

Worksafe NZ is investigating the accident.

A 60-year-old man had the tips of two fingers severed when they got caught between a bollard and a boat on Wednesday.

He was working at Clay Point salmon farm in Tory Channel when a gust of wind pushed the boat against the bollard on the wharf as the boat was trying to berth.

He was taken to Waikawa, then to the Picton St John station. Later, he was taken by ambulance to Wairau Hospital, but was discharged.


The Marlborough Express