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Bridgwater pensioner crushed by a tractor in Hamp
THE family of a pensioner who underwent 16 hours of medical treatment after she was crushed by a tractor in Bridgwater say she is lucky to be alive.
Carol Thomas, 64, was riding her mobility scooter on a footpath alongside Hamp Brook behind Robert Blake Science College when she encountered two tractors.
The vehicles belonged to contractors carrying out work on the brook on behalf of the Environment Agency.
Carol’s daughter, Donna Elsley, said: “The first tractor saw her and let her pass before it moved on but another came along. She was stationary and the tractor was driving towards her. By the time she realised he wasn’t going to stop it was too late.”
Carol, of Millwood Close, remained conscious as she was partially crushed by the machine and managed to ring her daughter for help.
Donna said: “I got a voice message from her saying ‘I’ve just been run over by a tractor’ – I couldn’t believe it. She could have been killed.”
After receiving treatment at the scene, Carol was taken to Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton for intensive care, where she will remain until she is able to walk again.
The accident has left her with severe bruising over her side, arms and legs, as well as a fractured ankle and toe.
Shaun Elsley, Carol’s son, said: “Her foot looked like it was severed and she had internal bleeding. She had an emergency blood transfusion which lasted hours.
“She was treated for shock and says every time she closes her eyes she can see the tractor.
“She only popped out to feed the ducks. I think it’s all still sinking in.”
Paul Gainey, spokesman for the Environment Agency, confirmed the incident happened at around 9am on Monday, October 7, between a vehicle being used by one of its contractors and a member of the public in Hamp.
He added: “The vehicle was travelling through the park to do maintenance work along the Hamp Brook.
“Our thoughts are with the woman involved and we are currently investigating the incident.”
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