Farm accident survivor 'critical'
LEDGEVIEW – A man who was trapped for 90 minutes this week when a 30-ton tractor overturned was fighting for his life Thursday at a Milwaukee hospital.
Jason Pansier, 36, of Ledgeview, was in critical condition at Froedtert Hospital. He was flown to Froedtert after initially being treated at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay.
Pansier was operating an eight-wheeled tractor to construct a pond at a dairy farm at 3875 Dickinson Road on Wednesday when the tractor tumbled down the embankment and landed on its roof, De Pere Fire Chief Dennis Rubin said. Pansier, conscious and bleeding, was pinned inside the vehicle's crushed cab for more than an hour.
More than 50 firefighters from six area departments responded. They used two wreckers and a second tractor to lift the vehicle containing Pansier so he could be freed. They then wedged bracing material beneath the overturned tractor so it was stable and did not endanger firefighters.
"The tools we normally use for extrications are highly effective on cars, but they were no match for (the tractor)," Rubin said. "It was an arduous, slow and difficult process."
Pansier is a Ledgeview volunteer fire captain and the current president of the 42-member Ledgeview Fire Department, according to the department's website. Rubin said Pansier is "beloved by his department."
Family members were at the scene and looked on anxiously as Pansier was extricated and rushed to a waiting rescue helicopter.
Firefighters responded from De Pere, Bellevue, Ledgeview and Ashwaubenon. The Green Bay Metro Fire Department Technical Rescue unit also was summoned.
One De Pere firefighter was taken by ambulance to a Green Bay hospital with a minor injury.
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