The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition)

Charging cow hits pensioner

Man rushed to hospital suffering from a chest injury

- 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.”

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The accident happened at Middleton Farm.

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