Man injured as his tractor is hit by truck

May 01, 1994|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer

A 44-year-old Bachmans Valley man was seriously injured Friday when he was trapped under his farm tractor for about one hour after it was flipped over by a passing tractor trailer.

Michael J. Hoke, of the 1100 block of Bachmans Valley Road, was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore in the medic unit from Westminster.

A trauma center spokeswoman yesterday said Mr. Hoke was in good condition.

State police Trooper F. W. Quisay said Mr. Hoke was driving a 1991 International tractor east on Route 496. As he started to turn into the driveway of his home, a tractor-trailer started to pass him. The truck flipped the tractor over, pinning Mr. Hoke underneath. The tractor came to rest facing west in the eastbound lane.

The tractor-trailer driver, Emmett Leon Shaw of York, Pa., was not injured.

Rescue crews from Manchester and Westminster worked for about an hour to free the victim, who was pinned in the hip and leg area.

Rescue crews were able to raise the tractor enough to slide Mr. Hoke out. He was strapped to a backboard and placed in the ambulance.

Two large tarpaulins were used to shield the victim from sparks as workers used a gasoline-powered saw to cut away a section of the guardrail and later to shield him from a brief rain shower.

The victim's wife, Betty Hoke, and several neighbors watched the rescue from the opposite side of the road as medical crews treated him.

The state police helicopter was called, but could not respond because of storms in the area.

The accident and cleanup closed Route 496 for about two hours.

Mr. Shaw was issued a traffic citation by Trooper Quisay.

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