Boy riding lawn tractor is run over and trapped

August 24, 1994|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer

An 11-year-old Manchester boy, who had to be rescued when he was trapped under a heavy lawn tractor, was flown to the Johns Hopkins Hospital Children's Center in Baltimore yesterday afternoon.

He was released after it was determined that he had suffered no serious injuries.

Eddie Grove was riding the dual-wheeled tractor on the lawn of his home in the 2100 block of Ebbvale Road about 2 p.m., witnesses said.

The tractor struck a 5-gallon plastic container loaded with pieces of metal, and the boy was thrown off the seat. The vehicle did not overturn, but it ran over the boy.

Rescue workers from the Manchester Fire Department said one of the boy's legs was trapped at his hip under the right set of weighted wheels.

The mower had been removed from the tractor.

The tractor was too heavy to be removed by several female neighbors who had rushed to the boy's aid.

Fire company officials said the tractor was lifted off the youth's leg with air bags. Chris Grove, the boy's mother, said the weighted dual wheels had been added to the tractor, which is used as a children's recreational vehicle, to prevent it from turning over and injuring a rider.

She said the vehicle is old, possibly 30 years old, slow and usually stable.

Eddie was taken to the North Carroll High School parking lot in the Manchester Medic Unit to be transferred to the state police MedEvac helicopter.

He was conscious throughout the ordeal, as rescue and medic workers treated him before putting him in the helicopter.

He was examined for possible internal injuries and released from Johns Hopkins about 5 p.m., according to a hospital spokeswoman.

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