Tractor flips; man sustains minor injures

Jan. 11, 2013 @ 05:03 AM

Emergency personnel at the scene where Chris Bradford was trapped under a John Deere tractor for about 30 minutes Thursday afternoon say he's a lucky man.

Chris Bradford, who is in his 30's was in the process of dumping debris into a gully in the woods near his home when he got too close to the gully and the tractor flipped head first.

Shingle Hollow Fire Chief Jeff Jackson said after the rescue, "he'll come out of this with minor injuries."

Others who were walking from the woods off McEntire Road in Green Hill said "he's a lucky man."

Bradford pastor, the Rev. Brent Frady, said the rescue as God's blessing.

According to Jackson, Bradford's legs were trapped underneath the tractor  but the tractor was not lying on his legs.

"The roll bar on the tractor saved his life," Jackson said.

Bradford actually called for help as he was trapped and told emergency personnel his legs were caught.

Firefighters and emergency personnel arrived at the scene and used a large jack and air bags to lift the tractor off Bradford. "Then we slid him under the tractor," Jackson said.

While emergency workers freed Bradford, family members and friends stood-by in the yard of his home. "He'll be fine," said Mrs. Brent Frady.

Bradford was taken to Rutherford Regional Medical Center by Rutherford County EMS.

Bill's Creek, Shingle Hollow, Lake Lure firefighters along with Rutherford County Emergency Management and Hickory Nut Gorge EMS also assisted in the rescue.