UPDATE: Clate M. Edsel of Brocktown Road, Moravian Falls, was listed in good condition at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem Wednesday after being injured in an accident while mowing his grass late Tuesday morning. A Wake Forest Baptist spokesman said Edsel possibly would be released from the hospital later Wednesday.
A man hurt in a mowing accident in Moravian Falls late Tuesday morning was still in the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center emergency room receiving medical care late Tuesday afternoon.
A spokesman for the Winston-Salem hospital said no details on Clate M. Edsel's condition were available at that point.
Edsel suffered apparent chest and/or shoulder injuries when the Cub Cadet riding mower he was operating went off a steep slope, rolled over and landed on top of him several feet down in a hole that resulted from a washout, said emergency personnel at the scene.
Moravian Falls Fire Chief Kimi Hamby said Edsel was mowing his backyard at his home on Brocktown Road, about one-tenth of a mile off N.C. 16 South, when the accident occurred.
Lt. Christopher Minton of the Wilkes Rescue Squad said a wench cable attached to a squad rescue truck was used to lift the mower off Edsel just enough for emergency personnel to slide him out. Minton said Edsel was conscious and talking to emergency personnel as he was rescued.
Wilkes Emergency Medical Services transported Edsel to Wake Forest Baptist.
The Wilkes Communications Center dispatched emergency personnel at 11:39 a.m. They also included Wilkesboro Fire Department rescue personnel.
Minton said Wilkes EMS, rescue squad and Moravian Falls and Wilkesboro fire department personnel worked together well during the incident. He noted that they train together.