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

mvivit at xmission.com mvivit at xmission.com
Tue May 24 13:44:21 CDT 2011


Wow, Jim! Quit trying to move faster than your guardian angel can fly!  
Seriously, thank goodness things have turned out for the better.

Mary in Utah

Quoting g paris p <pchforever at gmail.com>:

> My god Jim:
>
> thank god your alright. love to you and family. I will come over and take
> that 430
> off your hands so you don't continue to get into trouble.
>
> ginny
>
> On Mon, May 23, 2011 at 7:49 PM, Bob Glasscock   
> <eglasscock at centurytel.net>wrote:
>
>> Hey Jim,
>> Very sorry to hear about your accident but very happy to hear you came out
>> of it with your skin. Very scary situation. Hope you are able to roast and
>> enjoy your coffee.  --
>>  Bob Glasscock
>> Greenville, AL
>>
>>
>>
>> Quoting Jim Gundlach <pecanjim at bellsouth.net>:
>>
>>> 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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