A man died after being pinned underneath a tractor in the Far North on Tuesday. The Kaitāia Fire Brigade, St John and the Northland Rescue Helicopter were called near Kaitāia shortly after 5pm. Brigade senior station officer Colin “Toss” Kitchen said they found a farmer trapped under the back wheel by his two legs. He had been there since about 10 o’clock in the morning. He was described as very brave and talking to firefighters as they worked to free him by stabilizing the tractor before they could lift it off him. The man was finally freed around 7.30pm, and taken by rescue helicopter to Whangārei Hospital. Sadly he had a cardiac arrest on the way and died.
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