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UPDATE: Man suffers 'life-changing injuries' on Knowl Hill farm

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Update October 31, 10:37am

A South Central Ambulance Service spokesman said: "We received a 999 call at 11:46am from a member of the public informing us of a serious accident on farmland at Knowl Hill, where a man was trapped between a tractor and an industrial rotavator.

"We sent an ambulance, a paramedic team leader in a rapid response vehicle, an incident commander in a rapid response vehicle and the Thames Valley Air Ambulance to the location.

"The patient had sustained a serious, and potentially life-changing, leg injury and following initial treatment at the scene, and with the aid of the fire service to release the patient from the machinery he was trapped by, was then taken by road to the major trauma unit at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford."

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue said in a statement: "At 12pm on Wednesday, October 30, we received reports of a man trapped in machinery on a farm in Knowl Hill.

"Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service crews from Maidenhead and Windsor, alongside a specialist vehicle from Maidenhead and two Officers, were sent to the scene.

"Upon arrival, crews found a man with his leg trapped in a rotavator. Crews used hydraulic lifting equipment to free the man from the equipment, before placing him in the care of South Central Ambulance Service.

"Crews were at the scene for approximately an hour and a half."


A man suffered 'life-changing injuries' after he got his leg trapped in a piece of machinery today (Wednesday).

The incident happened at about 11am on a farm in Knowl Hill, where a man - believed to be in his sixties - had to have his leg freed from a rotavator, which was being pulled by a tractor.

A rotavator is a powerful piece of machinery often used on fields to churn soil.

One fire crew and off-road vehicle from Maidenhead, one crew from Windsor, and a further appliance from Aylesbury were on the scene, along with ambulance and police crews.

Watch manager Rod Crook, of Maidenhead fire station, said: "We took the blades off the rotavator to free his foot, created some room, and assisted [the ambulance service] to take the patient on to a stretcher."

Crews were on the scene for about an hour and a half.

South Central Ambulance Service has been contacted for more information on the man's condition.

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