The victim was driving an agricultural tractor equipped with ROPS (rollover protection structure) northbound in high gear on a paved two-lane road after he had moved and set irrigation equipment in a nearby field.
While he was driving, the tractor drifted onto the gravel shoulder on the east side of the road. He steered the tractor to the left to bring it back on the road but overcorrected and then turned the tractor abruptly to the right. Because he was not wearing a seatbelt, he was thrown from the driver's seat when the tractor began to roll over. As he landed on the road, his pants caught in the right rear tire between the tire bead and the rim, which pulled them down to his ankles as the tractor went into the ditch.
He managed to find his cell phone and called 911 while he was hanging upside down from the wheel. A passing motorist stopped and used his phone to complete the 911 call to the dispatcher.
Emergency responders took him to the hospital with a fractured pelvis and deep lacerations on his right leg, knee, and arm.
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