Two Rescued After Being Pinned By Tractor For Six Hours In Craig County

Monday, September 27th 2010, 1:40 pm
By: News On 6 & Lacie Lowry, The News On 6

CRAIG COUNTY, Oklahoma -- Two men are in the hospital after being pinned for six hours by a tractor in Craig County.

The incident happened just before 2:30 a.m. Monday two miles west of Vinita.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said 19-year-old Donald Jay Mulleneaux, of Vinita, and 21-year-old Brady L. Bley, of Big Cabin, were using a tractor to try to pull out a vehicle that was stuck in the pasture.

The men managed to get the truck out, but as they were unhooking the chains between the tractor and trailer, the tractor rolled down the incline and pinned both men.

The men yelled for help for six hours, but no one heard them. That's when Bley somehow freed himself and drove the tractor, with a shattered ankle, up to the house for help.

The trooper who worked the accident says he's never seen anything like this before.

"Not like this, especially with how long they stayed in the cold. They might also be suffering from hypothermia after staying in the weather that long," said Trooper Ben Bertram, Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

The landowner says the men were staying with him, but didn't have permission to take the tractor.

Life Flight took both men to St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa.  Mulleneaux has the more serious injuries, since the tractor rolled up the entire left side of his body.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is investigating whether the men had been drinking.