Charg­ing cow hits pen­sioner

Man rushed to hos­pi­tal suf­fer­ing from a chest in­jury

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - Gra­ham Gib­son

A charg­ing cow knocked down a Perthshire farmer, spark­ing an emer­gency re­sponse.

Paramedics were called to Mid­dle­ton Farm in the Bal­beg­gie area yes­ter­day af­ter a pen­sioner, named lo­cally as Kerr Sands, was struck by the an­i­mal.

A Scot­tish Am­bu­lance Ser­vice spokesper­son con­firmed he suf­fered a chest in­jury and was rushed to Ninewells Hos­pi­tal in Dundee.

The in­ci­dent took place around 11am and it is un­der­stood the Scot­tish Char­ity Air Am­bu­lance (SCAA) rapid re­sponse unit was also called to the farm­house.

A neigh­bours aid an am­bu­lance was sta­tioned at the farm for around half an hour.

A Perthshire farmer was taken to hos­pi­tal with an in­jury af­ter re­port­edly be­ing hit in the chest by a cow.

Paramedics were called to Mid­dle­ton Farm in the Bal­beg­gie area fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent, which took place around 11am yes­ter­day.

The farmer, named lo­cally as Kerr Sands, is un­der­stood to be in his 70s.

The Scot­tish Char­ity Air Am­bu­lance (SCAA) rapid re­sponse unit was called to the farm­house, which is si­t­u­ated on the out­skirts of Bal­beg­gie, to at­tend to the man, how­ever it is un­der­stood they were not re­quired.

One con­cerned neigh­bour said am­bu­lance staff were present at the house for around 30 min­utes be­fore Mr Sands was taken to hos­pi­tal.

The neigh­bour said: “We didn’t know what had hap­pened.

“There was some­body taken out the house so we thought some­thing might have hap­pened in there.

“We saw the am­bu­lance come by and it was at the house for quite a long time, it must have been around half an hour.”

A spokesper­son for the Scot­tish Am­bu­lance Ser­vice con­firmed he suf­fered a chest in­jury but was not in a life-threat­en­ing con­di­tion.

He said: “A lo­cal am­bu­lance crew at­tended Mid­dle­ton Farm in Bal­beg­gie.

“A man in his seven­ties was in­jured af­ter a cow ran into him.”

“The ca­su­alty was taken to Ninewells Hos­pi­tal in Dundee.”

Fam­ily mem­bers at the farm de­clined to com­ment yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

Scot­land’s Char­ity Air Am­bu­lance new up­graded rapid re­sponse ve­hi­cle, the Skoda Oc­tavia 4x4, is set to be­come a fa­mil­iar sight at emer­gen­cies within a five-mile ra­dius of the Scone air base.

SCAA lead para­medic John Pritchard said the ve­hi­cle is an­other vi­tal as­set in the air am­bu­lance’s fast re­ac­tion life­sav­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

He said: “The new be­spoke car gets paramedics rapidly to emer­gen­cies within the lo­cal area al­low­ing early clin­i­cal as­sess­ment and in­ter­ven­tion.

“The in­te­rior has also been cus­tomised for our spe­cific needs, cre­at­ing the per­fect op­er­a­tional road part­ner for SCAA paramedics and a highly ef­fec­tive emer­gency re­sponse ser­vice for the crit­i­cal care of pa­tients.”

The ac­ci­dent hap­pened at Mid­dle­ton Farm.

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