Barnstaple Fire Station in the UK attended the scene of a road traffic collision involving a tractor with a slurry tanker and a car last week.
Fire crews assisted an elderly passenger who became trapped inside after the vehicle ended up wedged between the tractor and a hedge.
The fire station shared images of the aftermath of the collision on social media and issued a timely reminder to members of the public.
The post reads as follows: “Last week, Red watch and Barnstaple’s On-Call crew were mobilised to a two-vehicle RTC in Landkey.”
“Barnstaples On-Call section arrived at the incident first and found one elderly male passenger still inside the vehicle.”
“The car was very well stabilised between the bank and the tractor, so the passenger managed to climb free of the vehicle with a little assistance from the emergency services.”
“As you may have noticed this time of year is extremely active for our farmers and there are a large number of big agricultural vehicles on the road. As we all start to venture out again with restrictions easing, please bear this in mind and drive safely,” the spokesperson concluded.
Photo of collision involving tractor and car
13-year-old saves his father’s life after tractor accident
Meanwhile, a 13-year-old boy is being hailed a hero after saving his father’s life following a tractor-related accident on their Kanturk-based farm.
Kanturk Fire and Rescue, Co County, who attended the scene, have described Brian Philpott’s bravery as “astonishing”.
Brian and his father were going mounting an agitator on the rear of a New Holland tractor; when it fell off its stand, pinning Declan between the wheel and the agitator.
“Declan could not breath with the weight of the agitator pressed against him which had crushed him in-between that and the tyre,” a Kanturk Fire and Rescue spokesperson explained.
“Within minutes, Declan had passed out and started to turn blue… Without thought, Brian jumped in the tractor and drove forward, allowing his father to breathe again.”
“This incident shows the importance of being alert and aware when using farm machinery and never take it for granted how quickly situations can change around farm machinery,” the spokesperson added.