83-year-old pinned under tractor for 28 hours before grandson found him

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HURON COUNTY (WJRT) (10/26/2017) - An 83-year-old Huron County man was in intensive care Thursday after being pinned under a tractor for 28 hours.

Edward Schember was standing next to a Farmall tractor while he started it inside a barn in Oliver Township around 4 p.m. on Monday. He didn't realize when the engine started that the tractor was in reverse, causing it to back up against a wall, according to the Huron County Sheriff's Department.

Schember's right leg ended up underneath a front wheel while the back tires continued spinning until the engine stalled. He laid there with his leg pinned near his ankle through Monday night and much of Tuesday until a grandson found him.

The Oliver Township Fire Department responded around 8 p.m. Tuesday. Firefighters used jacks to lift the tractor off Schember's leg and free him.

Scheurer Ambulance transported him to Scheurer Hospital before he was transferred to a Saginaw hospital, where he underwent surgery. He was in intensive care while recovering on Thursday.

The sheriff's department said Schember's family is grateful the grandson located him because the incident easily could have been fatal.

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