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Saturday, July 15, 2017


FNN Article Update © 2017.
Mansfield fire and ambulance crews, as well as, borough police and assistance from personnel from the Mansfield Health Clinic rushed to a reported agricultural accident in the town of Mansfield on Tuesday afternoon, July 11, 2017.

Emergency crews were dispatched around 1:54PM to the area of Eighth Street and South Main Street for a person pinned under farming machinery.

It was reported that 57-year-old, Lane Smith, owner and operator of L. P. Smith Co., was working on farm equipment when the equipment came down on him. Fire and emergency personnel were able to quickly extricate Smith and he was rushed to Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital in Wellsboro, PA.

According to Mansfield Borough Police, a witness advised Officer Morgan, who had just arrived at the scene, that a manure spreader had rolled forward trapping Smith under the manure spreader. The witness stated that he attempted to operate a nearby tractor, but was unable to figure out how to operate it. Officer Morgan also attempted to operate the tractor, however, he also was unable to figure out how to do so.

Next an employee from Williams Oil arrived on scene with a forklift. That employee used the forklift to lift the spreader up enough for Officer Morgan to pull the patient out from underneath the farm equipment. Upon freeing the patient from underneath the machinery, medical attention was immediately provided to the patient by first responders who had arrived at the scene. This continued until a Mansfield ambulance arrived on scene and transported the patient to Mansfield Fire Department, where they met paramedics and then continued to Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital.

Although LifeNet 7 Medical Helicopter was dispatched to assist with this incident and they landed at the Nessmuk Helipad around 2:45PM, it was reported that Smith passed away at the hospital in Wellsboro, PA.

Sadly word of Lane Smith's passing started circulating around Mansfield Tuesday evening, as family members shared the tragic news of their loss with others.
Prayers have been requested for the Smith family during this time.

Lane P. Smith leaves behind a wife and two children. If you would like to assist the famitly donations may be made to Children's Education Fund, c/o Citizens and Northern Bank, South Main St., Mansfield, PA 16933.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

This is such a heart breaking thing to happen. Prayers for all!