Jun 20, 2016 7:16 PM

Swanzey worker pinned in mower rollover accident


SWANZEY- Swanzey firefighters had to act quickly Monday when a town employee became pinned under a riding mower that tipped and pinned him.

Fire Chief Norm Skantze said the the mower, which he estimated weighing about 1,200 pounds, fell onto the operator while he was working near the intersection of Swanzey Lake Road and East Shore Road near the dam.

Firefighters did not release the name of the operator. He was treated for minor injuries.

Skantze said the mower rolled off an approximately 15 foot embankment and trapped him for about 8 minutes. Firefighters arrived on the scene in 6 minutes and "he was talking and was conscious," according to the chief, adding only the man's head was visible when rescuers arrived.

A call went out for heavy rescue equipment but firefighters had to act particularly quickly as the operator was "soaked in gasoline," according to Skantze.

Skantze said the operator's partner and three others lifted the machine off of him and he was able to crawl to safety.

Skantze said the worker, a part-time employee, returned to work later in the day.

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