Elderly man doing ‘OK’ after tractor ran him over in Moffat County
Lynn Bower had several broken bones in his face, arms and ribs
The man who was run over by his tractor in Moffat County earlier this month is doing much better, according to his family.
Lynn Bower, 79, of Moffat County was removing a fence the evening of Sept. 13 when his clothes got stuck in the tractor he was using, which pulled him under the wheels, said his sister Joyce Bower.
The tractor ran over the right side of his face, breaking the bones above and below his right eye, she said.
His jaw and nine ribs also were broken and his lung was punctured, Joyce Bower said.
Lynn Bower’s left arm was crushed and broken in several places, which resulted in surgery, she said.
It’s not clear how the incident happened.
“It was getting dark and they were trying to hurry. We don’t know if he didn’t see the brake, or what,” she said, noting that her brother was conducting work on plowed ground.
“If it was on hard-packed ground, it would’ve been much worse,” she said.
Authorities were paged to assist a Lynn Bower at his ranch off of Moffat County Road 15 about 7:40 p.m. Sept. 13, said Craig Fire/Rescue Battalion Chief Steve Lingo.
“The wheels rolled over him,” Lingo said.
He initially was transported to The Memorial Hospital and was then transported to St. Mary’s in Grand Junction.
“We want to thank everyone for all the prayers,” Joyce Bower said. “Everything worked out fine. He had really good care from the ambulance and the police and the fire guys. We want to really thank them.”
Lynn Bower was a U.S. Marine, and when he woke up from the incident said, “I’m a U.S. Marine, and I’m OK,” Joyce Bower said.
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