COLLETON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Colleton County emergency officials say a 41-year-old man is lucky to be alive after a tractor overturned and trapped the man underneath the vehicle.
It happened Saturday morning when rescue crews received a call at 8:26 a.m. regarding an accident in the woods off the the end of Gary Street in Walterboro.
According to the Colleton County Fire and Rescue Department, a man had been operating a tractor with a bush hog, when the unit fell into a ditch and flipped over.
Authorities say the driver was pinned under the tractor in about six inches of water.
"The front of the tractor miraculously landed on a culvert and by the grace of God did not crush the driver," read a report by CCFR officials."Heavy fire apparatus could not reach the scene. Firefighter-Paramedics walked about 2/10 of a mile down the path to reach the patient."
CCFR officials say extrication equipment, including high pressure air bags and hydraulic tools were transferred to a fire department pickup truck and transported to the location.
According to emergency officials, crews stabilized the tractor with a winch and cribbing, and firefighters used hand tools to dig under the tractor in an attempt to free the man's legs.
"The steering wheel and pieces of the tractor were removed with Holmatro hydraulic cutters so the man could be slid out from under the equipment."
The extrication took about 35 minutes, and the man was placed in a rescue basket.
Emergency officials say the man complained of pain to his legs and received a second degree burn from hot oil dripping on his legs. He was transported to Colleton Medical Center.