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Tractor accident mars Ancram event


Bystanders and tractor pull event contestants rush to the aid of a tractor driver pinned beneath his tractor at Community Day in Ancram Saturday afternoon. Photo by Parry Teasdale

ANCRAM—Shortly before 1 p.m. Saturday, August 14, a tractor in the tractor pull event that was part of Ancram Community Day at the Town Hall lawn flipped over, seriously injuring the driver. A bystander identified the driver as Larry Saulpaugh of Livingston, although his identity could not be confirmed immediately.

The old Farmall tractor driven by Mr. Saulpaugh was pulling a sled of cement weights in the traditional contest when the front end of the tractor lifted into the air—a familiar sight in this event—but instead of dropping back down on the front wheels as is normally the case, the front end continued on its arc, with the tractor turning over completely and pinning Mr. Saulpaugh underneath.

Other contestants, bystanders and Ancram firefighters at the scene rushed to free him, quickly bringing in a large front loader that was standing by and one of the larger tractors competing in the event. After a few tense moments and at least one attempt that had rescuers shouting for a halt, the damaged tractor was moved aside.

The Ancram Fire Department Rescue truck arrived by 1 p.m. and the Community Rescue Squad arrived by about 10 minutes later.

Columbia County sheriff’s deputies assisted at the scene.

There was no word from officials on Mr. Saulpaugh ’s condition or where he was transported for treatment.



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