Cutting it close
Fire department responds to lawn tractor roll over
A Grand Tracadie woman survived a close call after rolling her lawn tractor over a beach cliff last week.
North Shore Fire Department and Island EMS received a call for a rescue just before 2 p.m. last Friday.
Fire chief Jason Blackman said the woman was about halfway down the cliff, which he estimated to be about six feet, while the tractor was at the bottom when firefighters arrived.
“From what we gathered at the scene, the brakes gave out just before the cliff and she didn’t have time to react, to jump off or shut the tractor down in time,” said Blackman.
Blackman said the weight of the lawn tractor caused it to nosedive, which threw the woman over the front end.
The tractor then rolled on top of the woman before tumbling down the rest of the way onto the beach.
The woman was not touched by the lawnmower’s blades, which were running at the time.
“She was really lucky,” said Blackman, noting that the woman was also thankful that a pedestrian walking on the beach noticed the incident and came to her aid.
The pedestrian called emergency services.
Firefighters carried the woman on a stretcher, while Island EMS transported the woman to hospital.
Blackman said while the call was uncommon for the department, firefighters were prepared.
“You never know what you’re going to get called for day-to-day,” he said. “We train for everything, so we’re prepared a number of different scenarios.”
“You never know what you’re going to get called for day-to-day. We train for everything, so we’re prepared a number of different scenarios.” Jason Blackman