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Tyburn
03-04-2010, 11:37 PM
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A 42-year-old woman in Queensland has been killed after she was struck in the head by what is believed to be a metal pipe thrown up by a grass cutter.

The victim, who has not been named, was walking to work in Townsville when the accident happened. Police said a tractor pulling a grass cutter ran over a steel pipe, causing it to fly up into the air.

The woman was decapitated, and died instantly.

Investigations are continuing into the how the victim was struck and precisely how she sustained her horrendous injuries.

A Queensland police spokeswoman told the Daily Telegraph that the tractor lawnmower had been working nearby at the time the woman was walking past.

"She had been walking along the footpath when she was hit in the head by a piece of flying metal," the spokeswoman added. "The tractor was operating nearby and she was struck in the head. We don't know if it was a piece of metal or if it was another object."

Geoff Eales, a local businessman, told the Townsville Bulletin that his staff had been left distressed by the incident.

"The policewoman said it was the worst thing she had seen in 15 years," he said. "At the end of the day there is no other explanation than that it was bad luck. It was a one-in-a-million situation. If she had been one second later, or one second earlier, it wouldn't have happened."

The male tractor driver, an unnamed 48-year-old private contractor, was taken to hospital suffering from shock.

DonnaMaria
03-05-2010, 12:19 AM
:scared0015: wow..........

well.......there is no doubt that it was her time to GO!:scared0015:

seriously.....that is horrible.....really horrible.

but it CAN happen easily. those tractors kick up a lot of stuff.
i didn't believe how deadly they could be until i was mowing one afternoon, and i hit some kind of metal thing that was in the ground

and it flew up and lodged into the side of my barn.........:scared0015:


i make my girls stay inside the house now when i mow........

flo
03-05-2010, 12:25 AM
O.M.G.

:scared0011:

I had no idea something like that could happen. At least it was over with quickly, but still, it's just horrible!



i didn't believe how deadly they could be until i was mowing one afternoon, and i hit some kind of metal thing that was in the ground and it flew up and lodged into the side of my barn.

Creepy!


...although I'm really impressed that you can drive a tractor, I don't even use my husband's riding mower...

TexasRN
03-05-2010, 12:26 AM
It's like Final Destination.....:scared0011:

Mom used to make us wear combat boots when we had to mow the yard in case things would fly out from under it to cut us. :ninja:

~Amy

bradwright
03-05-2010, 01:46 AM
thats why my wife can never get me to cut the grass...its just way to dangerous.

Garandshooter
03-05-2010, 01:54 AM
I have my son wear safety glasses, and earmuffs to mow. I'm sure he doesn't like it but better then being deaf and blind. I think I'll stay inside when he mows this year.:rolleyes:

Mac
03-05-2010, 01:55 AM
That actually happens more often than you think , You get a tractor pulling a bush hog or a mower " NOT A GRASS CUTTER DAVE!! LOL" and some of those blades weigh over a 70 pounds or more , and they are spinning REALLY fast. they have hit fence posts before and sent them flying through people , chunks of concrete etc all become death instruments.

Mac
03-05-2010, 01:57 AM
"The policewoman said it was the worst thing she had seen in 15 years," .



Makes ya wonder what they saw 15 years ago doesnt it lol , Maybe it was 2 decapitated people.

Mark
03-05-2010, 02:21 AM
That actually happens more often than you think , You get a tractor pulling a bush hog or a mower " NOT A GRASS CUTTER DAVE!! LOL" and some of those blades weigh over a 70 pounds or more , and they are spinning REALLY fast. they have hit fence posts before and sent them flying through people , chunks of concrete etc all become death instruments.

death instruments. Not something I hear everyday.

TENNESSEAN
03-05-2010, 02:31 AM
a friend of mine was bush hogging. his wife stepped out on the front porch and waved him in for lunch. he was going to make a pass about 100ft from the house before he stopped for lunch. he hit a rock and it hit his wife in the head. killed her instantly standing on the front porch. she was in her early 40's. very bad deal.

another friend was cleaning a fence row and his brother drove by and run over his foot. it cut all his toes off except the big toe. we were about 12 or 13 when that happen and to this day every one still calls him "one toe" :laugh:

Rev
03-05-2010, 03:29 AM
thats why my wife can never get me to cut the grass...its just way to dangerous.


lol
not gonna lie, best reply eva

Bonnie
03-05-2010, 04:04 AM
That is horrible. :cry: Mac is right though, this type of thing does happen a lot, but it's usually something flying off a big rig or someone's trailer on the freeway and going through someone's windshield. Some woman was killed last year while she was sitting at a red light at an intersection when a metal piece came from the highway above her and went through the driver's window. They mentioned in the story how many deaths had occurred the previous year in Houston from flying objects.

Every time I see a person on the highway on a motorcycle or someone in a convertible I think how exposed they are if something were to go flying their way. I've had my windshield cracked numerous times now when driving on the freeway; if it's able to do that you can only imagine what it would do to human flesh. :scared0015:

Tyburn
03-05-2010, 12:31 PM
It's like Final Destination.....:scared0011:



except that was with a Train not a tractor...but its the first thought that went through my head too :laugh:

County Mike
03-05-2010, 01:12 PM
Next thing you know, the goverment will try to take away our tractors and riding mowers. We'll have to apply for permits to mow and won't be able to mow within city limits. We'll need to take mowing education and safety courses.

One time I was driving my truck with the driver side window down. I drove past some guy using a weed whacker. He sent a rock through my open window that shattered my back window. I never saw the rock but I'm guessing it couldn't have missed my head by much.

Twinsmama
03-05-2010, 01:41 PM
a friend of mine was bush hogging. his wife stepped out on the front porch and waved him in for lunch. he was going to make a pass about 100ft from the house before he stopped for lunch. he hit a rock and it hit his wife in the head. killed her instantly standing on the front porch. she was in her early 40's. very bad deal.

another friend was cleaning a fence row and his brother drove by and run over his foot. it cut all his toes off except the big toe. we were about 12 or 13 when that happen and to this day every one still calls him "one toe" :laugh:


That's kinda mean...do you still call the other guy wife killer:ninja::Whistle:

Tyburn
03-05-2010, 05:45 PM
1)Next thing you know, the goverment will try to take away our tractors and riding mowers. We'll have to apply for permits to mow and won't be able to mow within city limits. We'll need to take mowing education and safety courses.

2)One time I was driving my truck with the driver side window down. I drove past some guy using a weed whacker. He sent a rock through my open window that shattered my back window. I never saw the rock but I'm guessing it couldn't have missed my head by much.

So in regards to 2) are you saying 1) would be a good thing or a bad thing.

I was going to ask you if you'd still think the same answer if the rock hit you...but of course...for obvious reasons, in light of this thread, that would be mute :unsure:

County Mike
03-05-2010, 05:51 PM
1 was actually a sarcastic reply about the way gov't tries to control our guns. Apparently, tractors and mowers are equally dangerous.

County Mike
03-05-2010, 05:53 PM
in light of this thread, that would be mute :unsure:

I think you mean it would be a moo point. :)
Mute means you can't talk.

A moo point is like a cow's opinion. Nobody cares. ("Friends" reference)