Landscaper crushed un­der truck freed him­self with ‘su­per­hu­man strength’

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A LANDSCAPER who lay crushed be­neath a two-and-a-half-ton dumper truck man­aged to free him­self with “su­per­hu­man strength” af­ter think­ing he was go­ing to die.

Kevin McNab man­aged to break free of the truck on top of him, de­spite ag­o­nis­ing pain from a bro­ken leg and bro­ken ribs.

The 42-year-old land­scape gar­dener from Strath­tay, Perthshire said: “I was work­ing in a steep bank­ing when the truck started to go over.

“Nor­mally they top­ple quite slowly, but my wa­ter­proofs got stuck on one of the han­dles and I couldn’t jump free.”

Mr McNab man­aged to drag him­self into a sit­ting po­si­tion against the still­run­ning ve­hi­cle on the shore of Loch Tay.

“Luck­ily I had the phone and the am­bu­lance con­troller kept me on the line talk­ing and re­as­sur­ing me that help was on the way. I re­ally thought I was go­ing to die.”

Mr McNab, who has two daugh­ters, Mil­lie 10 and An­nie, eight, added: “I thought about my kids and that gave me the strength to make a su­per­hu­man ef­fort to pull my­self free.”

He was stretchered to the nearby he­li­copter and air­lifted to Ninewells Hospi­tal in Dundee where he spent nearly two weeks un­der­go­ing op­er­a­tions.

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