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Farmer hospitalized after tractor flips over

Cary Ashby • Jun 24, 2011 at 8:24 AM

A rural Wakeman farmer was flown to a Cleveland trauma center after the tractor he was driving flipped over on him Wednesday night.

Frank J. Hozalski, 60, of 15780 Gore Orphanage Road, was listed in critical condition in the intensive care unit at MetroHealth Medical Center as of Thursday afternoon, a hospital spokesman said. A LifeFlight helicopter flew him from the scene of the Butler Road, Wakeman, incident.

"Citizens (Ambulance) tended to him until LifeFlight arrived," Huron County Sheriff's Capt. Ted Patrick said.

Wakeman Fire Chief Jim Tansey Jr. was one of many firefighters who responded to the scene about eight or nine minutes after being dispatched about 9 p.m. Wednesday. Tansey said Hozalski was in an ambulance by the time he arrived.

"He's an older farmer most people like," the chief said.

The tractor was on an incline when it tipped over onto Hozalski.

"He was cutting weeds with a brush hog device that hooked to the back of the tractor," Patrick said.

The sheriff's office received a call about Hozalski being trapped under the tractor at 8:59 p.m. Patrick said a passerby saw that Hozalski was trapped, stopped to help and notified authorities.

Another resident with a second tractor linked chains to the flipped-over tractor, Patrick said, and used his tractor to pull the other machine off Hozalski enough to relieve the pressure off his chest and pull him out.

A woman who answered the phone at Hozalski's home declined to be interviewed Thursday.

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