After his one-ton pickup truck collapsed on him as he was working on it last week, a Fremont County man thinks he’s lucky to be alive.
Tom Angell of Twin Groves, northeast of St. Anthony, had used his tractor to pull up the rear end of his pickup so he could work beneath it.
“I placed a chain up over the spears and was working on it in the air, and I didn’t think the hoist on the spears would leak out,” Angell explains. “It would no longer be full of hydraulic fluid when I said ‘bleed off,’ and the ropes would drop the truck on me.” The vehicle was dropped when the chain slipped.”
When raising the vehicle, Angell laments not utilizing a safety clasp.
Angell was laying beneath the truck at the time of the collision. He claims that one side of the truck bounced off the ground as it came tumbling down, and the tires landed on his leg. He does not believe he would have lived if he had been standing beneath the truck, as he had been minutes before.
“I was in one of two places I might have been and still lived,” Angell adds.
Lance Steele, a Fall River Propane employee, happened to be nearby and was able to assist Angell from beneath the truck. When the truck crashed, he was on the job, filling Angell’s gas tanks and waiting to talk about propane costs.
Steele adds, “I inquired if he needed an ambulance and I assisted him up.” “He believed he’d shattered his hip, yet he was able to stand up.” … He was able to up and walk away quite quickly.”
Both men were rattled by the ordeal and expressed appreciation that it had not turned out worse. Angell was taken to the hospital and told that nothing was broken and that he only had a terrible bruise.
Angell adds, “I’m pleased to be alive.” “I’m glad to be alive.”