A 71-year-old farmer was taken to Tauranga Hospital today
with head injures, a broken leg and ribs after he was crushed
by a tractor on his Welcome Bay farm at 7.25am.
Jack Van Silfhout was driving down a slope heading for the
fenceline to look for a missing cow when the tractor hit a
pothole, slid and then rolled three or four times, leaving
him lying on the paddock as the tractor flipped again back
onto its wheels.
Family said he was conscious when they reached him and he was
able to talk, but with difficulty because of his rib
injuries. St John Ambulance was called and Police assisted
ambulance personnel to stretcher Mr Van Silfhout up the
hillside and down a farm track for several hundred metres
until they reached a yard.
Mr Van Silfhout had more than 30 years experience with large
machinery. He celebrated his 71st birthday two days earlier
with his wife Matilda and family.
- By John Cousins of the Bay of Plenty Times