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A man was trapped under a tractor outside a Springfield Township home for six hours before he was discovered and rescued, according to a fire official.

Loganville Fire Chief Bryan Ream said a 68-year-old man was riding a garden tractor at a home on Dunkard Valley Road on Tuesday, Aug. 8, when the tractor slid into a creek and flipped on top of the man.

The man does not live at the home, but he was taking care of the property. The residents were out of town at the time, according to the chief.

The man was taken to York Hospital by ambulance with minor injuries.

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Incident: Ream said the man was driving near an incline where the grass was still wet from recent rain. 

“(The tractor) just slid right down in the creek and flipped over on top of him," he said.

The chief said the man's wife was worried about him, and she drove to the home where she found him under the tractor. She then called 911.

Ream said the man told fire officials that he had been there since about 1:30 p.m. Firefighters were called to the scene about 7:30 p.m. 

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“He was conscious and alert, and he could tell us what was going on," Ream said.

The man's legs were pinned under the tractor, according to the chief, who estimated the tractor weighed about 800 pounds. The man had some scrapes and it looked like he was starting to develop hypothermia when officials arrived, Ream said.

The chief said it took fire officials about an hour to shift the tractor off the man. He said officials used airbags and a winch to remove the tractor. 

Ream was right next to the man as the tractor was being removed.

“I was sort of monitoring if anything was changing," he said.

The man was then taken to York Hospital by ambulance. The chief said it looks as though he will be OK.

Additional information on the man was not immediately available.

York Township Fire Department assisted with the rescue.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.

 

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