Feb. 21, 2018 – Richfield, WI – A 61-year-old New Berlin man was transported to Froedtert Medical Center after nearly being run over by a semi-tractor in the Village of Richfield today. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call at 8:40 a.m. after an employee of a local trucking company attempted to disengage frozen brakes on a parked semi-tractor by striking the brakes with a hammer.
The brakes subsequently released which sent the tractor rolling down a small grade for 152’ before another employee was able to stop the unit.
The victim hung onto the undercarriage of the semi the entire time to avoid being run over by the unmanned tractor.
He suffered injuries, but was not run over. The incident continues to be investigated by the sheriff’s office.