Oregon Crews Save Man Pinned by Bulldozer

HILLSBORO, Ore. – Firefighters and rescue personnel with Hillsboro Fire and Rescue saved an elderly man pinned under a bulldozer after it had gone off a 15-foot embankment.

According to a news release from the department, crews were dispatched to the scene just after 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon. When they arrived on the scene, they found a John Deere 400G bulldozer upside down over an embankment with the 81-year-old driver pinned by the machine’s controllers.

After securing the machine with cribbing crews dug beneath the driver and removed him to safety.

Once removed from the scene, the dozer operator was transported by Metro West Ambulance to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to the news release.

The rescue operations required personnel and equipment from two engines, a technical rescue truck, a ladder and a local tow truck, plus mutual aid from Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue.