Man survives being pinned beneath loaded trailer

A man survived after being pinned beneath a loaded trailer in Illinois over the weekend. 

The incident happened on Saturday, September 26th at around 2:20 p.m. at a residence in Peoria, Illinois. 

According to the PJ star, a man was attempting to fix the connection between the trailer and the vehicle when the trailer collapsed, trapping his legs beneath it. Witnesses say a bystander with a Bobcat then used the machine to lift a portion of the trailer, freeing one of the man’s legs as they awaited the arrival of firefighters. 

“A bystander on scene that was helping the person load [the trailer] stated
they were having problems with the trailer and the connection to the semi,” said Michael Hughes of the Peoria Fire Department to Central Illinois Proud.

“The [victim] climbed onto the trailer and had placed his legs underneath the trailer. While trying to fix the problem with the connection, the trailer collapsed pinning the person’s legs underneath the trailer.”

When firefighters arrived at the home in the 100 block of W. Whitehall Ct, the man was sitting on top of the collapsed trailer with one leg still trapped, so they went to work, using inflatable airbags to lift the trailer further and fully extricate the man from the situation. 

The unidentified man was then transported to a nearby hospital less than 10 minutes after the initial 911 call was placed. The extent of his injuries, if any, is not known. 

The trailer was loaded with a man-lift at the time of the accident.