Picture: Man trapped under JCB

FIREFIGHTERS were called to rescue a man whose foot was trapped under a four-tonne JCB in Capel St Mary today.

FIREFIGHTERS were called to rescue a man whose foot was trapped under a four-tonne JCB in Capel St Mary today.

Three crews were dispatched after receiving reports a man had been hurt at around 9.35am in The Street.

Neighbours said the JCB digger had toppled off a lorry, trapping the man's foot against a garden wall.

He was trapped for more than 45 minutes before he was freed and taken by ambulance to Ipswich Hospital.


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The man, whose condition is believed to be stable, is believed to be in his 60s.

Leigh Baker, 36, said she was walking past when she heard screaming.

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“It looks as though he was unloading the digger from the lorry and the digger toppled over,” she said.

“It looks like his foot is trapped.

“I heard the screaming as I came along. It was horrible.

“I went over and he said 'please get it off me'.”

A handful of residents watched on as the rescue operation continued.

It is believed the digger was being delivered by lorry to a nearby property currently undergoing renovation.

A neighbour moved the lorry so emergency services could get closer to the scene of the accident.

Three fire engines were sent to deal with the incident, along with an ambulance and a police car.

Fireman Karl Rolfe said the rescue had been complex.

“There were power lines above and the wall had partially collapsed so we tried to make the situation stable so paramedics could get to him.”

Specialist equipment was used to create a gap between the wall and the digger. Part of the cab was removed allowing paramedics to reach the man and remove him on a stretcher.

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