A passerby saved a Sauk Centre man who was trapped under a lawn mower during the holiday weekend.
David Anderson, 68, was mowing his lawn with a Cub Cadet riding lawn mower when one of the wheels sank into the soft ground surrounding a culvert he was trying to avoid. Anderson fell as the machine tipped sideways, turning itself off but trapping his legs underneath, authorities said.
A neighbor driving by saw him and helped him. An ambulance transported him to Sauk Centre Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, the Stearns County Sheriff's Office said.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that 35,000 people were sent to the emergency room for injuries caused by riding lawn mowers between 2012 and 2014. Data from 2008 to 2010 show an average of 90 people died annually in riding lawn mower accidents, with the most common patterns consisting of the machine tipping over and the operator falling from the machine, sometimes becoming trapped under it.
In 2019, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration recorded 17 incidents in which workers were injured by a riding lawn mower, with the majority of them fatal. In most cases, the lawn mower had tipped over.