Lucky to be alive

Mansfield Courier - - NEWS -

A MAN was lucky to es­cape with his life af­ter be­ing thrown from the 45-tonne ex­ca­va­tor he was work­ing in when it tipped and rolled about 70m down a hill in Pore­punkah last Fri­day af­ter­noon. Wit­nesses re­ported see­ing the ex­ca­va­tor rolling three times be­fore it came to rest with the op­er­a­tor thrown out of the win­dow of the cabin. The man was found by col­leagues ly­ing in­jured and dazed in the dirt next to the ma­chine. Paramedics, Bright and Pore­punkah Fire Bri­gade, Vic­to­ria Po­lice and SES crews were called out and re­sponded to the scene, sta­bil­is­ing the man and mov­ing him down the steep dirt slope into an am­bu­lance. He was driven to Bright’s Pi­o­neer Park Recre­ation Re­serve and air­lifted by he­li­copter to Melbourne.

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