Man dies after becoming trapped under forklift near Tamworth

A man has died after he was trapped under a forklift on a farm in the state’s north. Shortly after 1pm yesterday (Tuesday 20 January 2014), police and emergency services were called to a property in Moonbi, near Tamworth, after a man became stuck under a forklift.

Upon arriving at the location, police and ambulance paramedics were directed to a 76-year-old man who was trapped under a forklift that had rolled into a creek bed on the farm.

A trauma doctor was called to the scene and, with the assistance of paramedics, amputated the man’s legs in order to free him from underneath the forklift.

He was taken to Tamworth Base Hospital and underwent emergency surgery but died a short time later.

Police will now prepare a report for the Coroner, outlining the full circumstances surrounding the man’s death.

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