Man rescues friend trapped by fallen Bobcat

Southwest Michigan

ARLINGTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Pinned between a toppled 6,220-pound Bobcat tractor and a pickup truck, Kenneth LaGrange begged his friend for help.

“I thought he was going to die,” his friend, Edgar Mims said.

At first, Mims said he tried moving the Bobcat with his bare hands.

“I tried to pull it off of him, but I couldn’t,” Mims said. “I couldn’t move it. I couldn’t move it.”

So, he tied a heavy chain to another pickup and yanked the Bobcat away — a move that rescuers say may have saved his friend’s life.

“It wouldn’t come back at first, so I put the truck in four-wheel drive and it pulled it back some, then it flipped it over” and off his friend, Mims said.

Mims said LaGrange works for him at Mims’ furniture and equipment shop on M-43, east of Bangor.

He said they were tinkering with the Bobcat he had just bought on Saturday when the tractor tipped. It pinned his friend against a pickup truck parked nearby. The accident happened shortly after noon on Friday.

Rescuers said the Bobcat’s weight had landed on the victim’s upper chest.

“The homeowner reacted very quickly, got a chain and pulled the Bobcat off of him, which possibly saved his life,” Bangor Community Fire Chief Derek Babcock said.

Police closed M-43 for a short time, until a medical helicopter could carry LaGrange to Bronson Methodist Hospital.

The fire chief said it appears he will survive.

“I hope so,” Mims said.

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