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Lakeport man escapes serious injury in Tuesday tractor accident

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Lakeport firefighters work to pull Willis Knight out from under a trenching tractor on Tuesday. Photo by Harold LaBonte.

 



LAKEPORT – A Lakeport man on Tuesday found himself trapped under a tractor, but quick action by medics saved him from serious injury.


Willis Knight, 67, was operating a medium-sized gas-powered trenching tractor on his property on Hendricks shortly before noon Tuesday.


Knight was working on a slope when the tractor overturned and pinned him to the ground.


His wife, Barbara, called 911 and within five minutes medics arrived, including one engine and a medic unit from Lakeport Fire Protection District, along with several off-duty responders. A REACH helicopter arrived at about 12:14 p.m.


Rescuers uprighted the tractor and, instead of taking Knight by REACH, Lakeport Fire medics determined that Knight's injuries were not life-threatening and recommended he be transported to Sutter Lakeside Hospital.


Late Tuesday afternoon Lake County News spoke with Barbara Knight, who indicated that her husband had been treated at Sutter Lakeside Hospital and also had undergone an intensive MRI and external physical examinations.


The results showed no internal damages but did reveal moderate to severe bruising on several areas of his body as well as moderate cuts and scratches.


Knight was treated and released and was recovering in his home by 6 p.m., according to his wife.


She said her husband is “a very lucky man.”


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A REACH helicopter arrived at the scene but Knight's injuries were such that he was able to be treated at Sutter Lakeside Hospital. Photo by Harold LaBonte.
 


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