Saleyard in­jury crit­i­cal

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

A man suf­fered crit­i­cal in­juries af­ter be­ing ‘‘flat­tened’’ by a cat­tle beast at the Mata­mata Sa­le­yards.

The 54- year- old Wa­haroa man was herd­ing cat­tle up a chute and on to the top deck of a truck when one of the an­i­mals turned and rushed down to­wards him, knock­ing him head-first on to the ground about 3pm on Mon­day, June 4.

He was in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion in the in­ten­sive care unit at Waikato Hos­pi­tal on the night of June 10.

A wit­ness, who asked not to be named, said the man was walk­ing be­hind four an­i­mals when a steer at the top climbed over the other three and bolted down the chute.

The man turned to run, but he was ‘‘flat­tened’’ and thrown from the chute, land­ing head-first on the ground.

St John Hamil­ton team man­ager Ray Best­wick said the man had suf­fered crit­i­cal head and chest in­juries.

He was treated at the scene be­fore be­ing flown to Waikato Hos­pi­tal.

El­ders Live­stock Mata­mata agent Danny O’Leary had been at the sa­le­yards ear­lier in the day and said news of the accident had come as a shock.

‘‘We pretty much pride our­selves in run­ning a pretty safe ship there and some­times the cat­tle beasts just do what they want to do un­for­tu­nately,’’ he said.

He con­firmed that the in­jured man was the man­ager of the sa­le­yards.

The stock sale had fin­ished 1.30pm.

Load­ing the cat­tle would have been the man’s last job be­fore hos­ing down the yards and head­ing home, he said.

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