Man air-lifted after crushed under Aguanga construction vehicle

AGUANGA — A man escaped serious injuries after a roller/compactor overturned on a rural Aguanga property late Friday afternoon, March 27. The accident, which caused the victim to be trapped under the large construction vehicle and later life-flighted to an area hospital, happened on the 42000 block of Hwy 79 South, according to Cal Fire officials.


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Emergency personnel were first alerted to Friday’s accident around 5 p.m., after receiving reports of a rollover involving a large piece of construction equipment, Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department later reported on social media. 911 callers reported the victim was trapped under the piece of equipment and would need to be rescued.

Firefighters work to extricate a man from under a large construction vehicle that overturned in Aguanga last Friday. Cal Fire photo

Eleven firefighters from two engine companies and a truck company responded to the scene of the accident and discovered a man partially crushed underneath a yellow Sakai single drum roller/compactor, which had overturned and rolled about fifteen feet down an embankment.

The overturned vehicles was found “mid slope”, according to Cal Fire officials, who said the roller/compactor came to rest upside down and on top of the victim, whose “lower extremities (were) trapped underneath the machine.”


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Firefighters spent about an hour freeing the victim from underneath the vehicle, before the man was flown by Mercy Air Ambulance to an area hospital.

A friend of the victim later told RCNS the victim did not sustain any broken bones and was released from the hospital after being evaluated.

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