Woman trapped under tractor in accident, flown to KU hospital

A woman was taken by helicopter to the University of Kansas hospital after an accident left her trapped underneath a tractor on East 1600 Road.

Sgt. Kristen Channel, public information officer for the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, said a 20-year-old woman was driving a 1-ton tractor and towing a vehicle.

“During that process, the tractor flipped over and pinned her under the tractor,” Channel said.

The woman seemed to sustain serious injuries, Channel said.

“Fire crews got there and utilized some tools to get the tractor off the patient,” said Doug Green, Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical division chief. Once crews were able to extricate the patient, the helicopter took the woman to the hospital, Green said.

The incident was reported shortly before 5:20 p.m. Friday, according to emergency radio traffic, near the area of North 1900 Road and East 1600 Road, which is northeast of the Lawrence Municipal Airport.

Emergency dispatchers and Green were unable to provide further information about the woman’s condition Friday evening.

— Journal-World public safety reporter Sara Shepherd contributed to this report.


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