Teen daughters find strength to lift 3,000-pound tractor off father
A man who was pinned by his overturned tractor and losing breath with each scream says he was saved by his two teenage daughters, who found the strength to lift the ton-and-a-half machine.
Jeff Smith of Lebanon, Ore., was trying to pull a stump out of his garden last Monday when his muddy boot slipped off the clutch. The tractor flipped, and the steering wheel pinned his chest to the ground.I've had a tractor come up on me before; it's a pretty frightening feeling. In my case, I was towing a trailer full of cut wood and the tractor only came a foot or two off the ground, but it was enough to put the fear of Ford into me. You don't realize how much torque goes to those big back wheels, and letting the clutch out too fast in pretty much any rear-wheel propelled vehicle will get the front up (had a buddy pull a wheelie on a Kawasaki Vulcan when the clutch lever slipped out of his fingers).
The father, thanks to the quick reaction and superhuman strength of his teenaged daughters, only suffered a broken wrist and will recover quickly. The family definitely has a good sense of humor:
Since the ordeal, neighbors have finished tilling the garden, and the family has nicknamed the tractor Satan.
Heh. I can't tell which is funnier, the tractor's new name, or the fact that for the rest of his daughters' dating career this dad is going to be able to tell all potential dates: "You be nice to her, son, she can lift a tractor"...
That is all.