Cumbria

Cumbrian farmer injured in tractor accident

A South Cumbrian farmer had to be airlifted to hospital after trapping his arm in a tractor.

The man was trying to clear a blockage in the back of the vehicle when the accident happened on Wednesday.

He managed to free himself and his family called the emergency services to the field where he was working in the Duddon Valley.

He was flown to hospital by the Pride of Cumbria air ambulance for treatment to severe cuts.

Bleeding heavily

A spokeswoman for the Great North Ambulance Service said: "The farmer was working in a field when something became tangled in the tow bar of his tractor.

"When he tried to clear the blockage his arm became stuck in part of the machinery and was badly lacerated.

"He was working close to home and his family alerted emergency services after hearing him scream.

"When the air ambulance arrived they found him bleeding heavily with a towel wrapped around his arm."

It took the crew of two, a doctor and paramedic, 15 minutes to fly the man to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.

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