[Homeroast] OT but I am still alive after another close call

Yakster yakster at gmail.com
Mon May 23 19:43:23 CDT 2011


Jim,

Everyone seems to have missed the critical fact... you missed your afternoon
coffee on Tuesday.

Seriously, though, amazing story.  Glad to hear that your OK.

-Chris

On Mon, May 23, 2011 at 4:28 PM, Jim Gundlach <pecanjim at bellsouth.net>wrote:

> Tuesday I was out moving earth with my 1962 Case 430 tractor to build a
> pond.  In the process I had rather stupidly built a rather tall pile of dirt
> that gave me a rather long view of the word around me and as I was headed up
> that pile with a scoop of dirt, I drifted to the side and in reaction I
> pushed the clutch in and the tractor rolled backward off the edge of the
> pile of dirt and rolled over, landing top down.  During the fall my head hit
> the fender hard enough to knock me out and cut a three and half inch strip
> to my skull that had never before seen daylight.  When I regained
> consciousness I found that I was pinned face down under the tractor.  The
> tractor and the blade together weigh more than two tons.  I was generally
> unable to move.  My glasses were covered with blood so I had to scrape them
> off just by dragging my face agains the ground so I could see.  My left arm
> was pinned under the rear fender and the upper portion of my right arm was
> pinned down by the steering wheel.  My left leg was generally free but my
> right leg was pinned in front of the gear shift lever and under the steering
> wheel which was pushed down below the top of the shift lever.  I yelled for
> help a few times but I knew I was out where there was less than one chance
> in a hundred that anyone would be close enough to hear me.  I was able to
> reach my left arm with the free part of my right and I slowly dug the dirt
> and clay out from under my arm with my right fingers.  It took quite a while
> but I got the left arm free and then turned to digging out the clay under my
> upper right arm and after what seemed a very long time I managed to get that
> arm free also.  I then turned to getting my right leg out of the gearshift
> lever/steering wheel vice.  I found that I could not get my boot to come out
> so I had to rearrange myself to be able to reach, untie, and remove the
> boot.  I then rearranged myself till my nose almost reached my right toes
> with a strait right leg.  Bending that much with a 67 year old body was
> tough but I did manage.  After I was essentially free it took a while to
> figure out a route out from under the tractor but I finally made it out by
> following the unpinned leg.  I walked from the back to the front of our ten
> acre plot and got to the house.  I called my wife and told her what happened
> and asked her to come and get me.  After that I started to go into shock so
> I simply laid down on the ground at the end of the porch and put my legs up
> the steps and waited close to half an hour for her to get home.
>
> At the emergency room they x-rayed my skull and found the bones had held up
> quite well.  After getting the cut cleaned up and stitched, I was able to go
> ahead and come home.  And, on Tuesday I missed my early afternoon coffee.
>
>      pecan jim
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