PHILIP HUMPHREY of Brunswick was able to crawl out from under this overturned tractor Tuesday afternoon with help from Brunswick fire and police personnel, and apparently suffered no major injuries.

PHILIP HUMPHREY of Brunswick was able to crawl out from under this overturned tractor Tuesday afternoon with help from Brunswick fire and police personnel, and apparently suffered no major injuries.

BRUNSWICK

A Brunswick man escaped major injury after the tractor he was driving overturned on a field behind his home Tuesday afternoon.

Brunswick police and fire department personnel responded to a report that a tractor had rolled onto a man at 845 River Road at approximately 3 p.m. Tuesday.

 

 

Patricia Humphrey said she was sitting outside with a neighbor’s wife while the neighbor and her husband, Philip Humphrey, were trying to get a tractor running. Their Massey Ferguson tractor wouldn’t start, so Philip was towing it with his International tractor.

They went up the hill and down around, she said. Then the Massey started, and the tractors moved in such a way that the International tractor tipped over, pinning per husband beneath it. She pulled out her cell phone, called 911 and began gathering equipment while on the phone with the dispatcher — shovels, blocking and a jack.

“But God is good and I want to give God all the credit in this story, because where he landed there was a little divot where his body could fit in,” Humphrey said. “The other tractor, the way they went together, held that tractor up or it would have been a totally, totally different story. It is a miracle because my God is in the business of miracles.”

Brunswick Police Cmdr. Tom Garrepy said one tractor was towing the other in an attempt to get the second tractor started. The tractor being towed then started and pulled the other tractor over. As it overturned, the driver attempted to jump off.

Philip Humphrey, 49, was transported to Mid Coast Hospital. Garrepy said he likely sustained bruises and will be sore, but suffered no apparent serious injuries.

Firefighters used air bags and only needed to lift one side of the tractor about 3 inches to allow Humphrey to slide out with some assistance.

Patricia Humphrey said they jacked the tractor up a bit and pointed to the hole in the ground they dug with a shovel where her husband’s head had been, to give him more room before crews arrived to extricate him.

“I thank the police department, the fire department, the EMTs, everybody,” she said. While it seemed like a long time for them to arrive, “They were here, like that. … They where here quite soon and up they all ran with equipment.”

“I am very thankful,” she said.

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