A Houston resident was rushed Thursday afternoon to the Clay County Medical Center after he became trapped by a front end loader that officials say he was working on at the West Point Stockyards.
The incident happened around 1 p.m. Thursday when rescue personnel and police were called to the stockyards to try to get the man free from the Bobcat front end loader. The victim’s name is not being released, as the incident remains under investigation.
Ronny Robinson, West Point Fire Department Battalion Chief, said from what he could tell the Bobcat appeared to have hydraulic problems, and the man was working between the frame of the Bobcat and the front end loader. Robinson said it appeared that the man lifted the front end, unscrewed a nut on the machine, which released the pressure of the hydraulics, and the loader came crashing down on him.
The West Point Fire Department rescue team used their Jaws of Life rescue tools between the tire and the loader, picking it up off the victim, and paramedics then loaded him onto the stretcher and transported him to the Clay County Medical Center. Robinson said the victim was unconscious on scene, and by 2 p.m. doctors got a pulse back though he remained unconscious.
West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley said the victim was in very serious condition Thursday afternoon.
“It was a tragic accident, and we’re still trying to piece together what happened,” Brinkley said.