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Fulton Co. man hurt when bulldozer rolls over on him

August 04, 2005|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

NEEDMORE, Pa. - A Fulton County, Pa., man was in critical condition Wednesday night at Altoona (Pa.) Hospital after being crushed when the bulldozer he was operating went about 200 feet down an embankment on a private farm lane off Harmon Lane and rolled over on him, a spokesman for the Hancock Rescue Squad said.

The victim was identified as Lamont Oakman of RR 2, Warfordsburg, Pa. Oakman was flown to the hospital and was being treated in the hospital's surgical intensive care unit, a nursing supervisor said.

Oakman's brother, Marvin Oakman, listed his brother's age as "75 or 76." He said he was operating a small bulldozer "and it upset on him."


Lamont Oakman is a retired Pennsylvania Department of Highways employee, his brother said. He raises horses on his farm on Harmon Lane, he said.

The accident occurred shortly before noon on a dirt lane off Harmon Lane leading to Oakman's farm.

Daniel Felton, chief of the Hancock Rescue Squad, said it took a while to extricate Oakman from beneath the heavy equipment. Rescuers used an airbag, chains and hydraulic equipment to lift the bulldozer off Oakman so he could safely be removed.

"We used what we had on the trucks," Felton said.

Felton said it was not known what Oakman was doing with the bulldozer or what caused it to slide down the bank and roll over.

Felton said units from Needmore, Hancock and Little Orleans fire departments responded.

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