Alexandria man pinned under tractor for 30 minutes

He was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.


A 49-year-old Alexandria man was pinned under a tractor when it rolled over on him after hitting a dirt mound.

According to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, at about 8:18 p.m. on Wednesday, June 30, a report came in that a man was pinned under a tractor near the intersection of Highway 27 and Highway 114 in LaGrand Township, west of Alexandria. It was at the address of 8421 County Road 27, southwest of Alexandria.

A passing truck driver spotted the rolled over tractor a few hundred yards off the roadway and located the victim, Gary Anderson, pinned underneath it.


Anderson, whose legs were pinned under the tractor, was freed by a Minnesota State Patrol trooper, who used a floor jack to lift the tractor, according to the sheriff's office. Anderson was reportedly moving overgrowth on the family property when the tractor's rear tire hit a dirt mound, which caused the tractor to roll over, pinning him for 30 minutes before being found by the passerby.

Anderson was transported to Alomere Health with non-life threatening injuries.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Minnesota State Patrol, North Memorial Ambulance and the Alexandria Fire Department.

Celeste Edenloff is the special projects editor and a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. She has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in 2016 to once again report on the community she calls home.
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