Huss, “and he noticed a person underneath one of these large riding lawnmowers. So he quickly ran across the street, because these things weigh about 1,200 pounds. He quickly ran across the street to the fire department and asked for help.” The firefighters retrieved the worker from under the vehicle, but she had no pulse, so they began performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation on her until emergency medical services arrived, added Sgt. Huss. She was pronounced dead shortly afterwards. The victim had been hired by the Village of Dewberry to performance maintenance on its equipment, he said. “The jack that lifts up the mower has two safety pins on it, and apparently, the top safety pin was in place, but the bottom safety pin was not there, causing the thing to be unstable, and the person was working underneath the mower deck, and it landed on her.” Sgt. Huss said he had never heard of this type of riding-lawnmower accident in the area before, although there had been similar accidents with other types of vehicles. “We have had people that have worked on their vehicles, and they’ve put it up on jacks, but not properly blocked it up, and the vehicle has fallen on people,” he said.

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