HOMER — Leroy W. Litt, 73, of Murray Road, Mount Vernon, remains in critical condition at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center after being pinned under a tractor Monday afternoon.
Litt was mowing on private property in an isolated area off Blackjack Road when the tractor he was driving apparently tipped over into a ditch and pinned him underneath. He was found about 10 p.m. by Tyler Brown, who rents land from Litt and had been working with him in the morning.
Brown said when he last saw Litt about 10 or 10:30 a.m., Litt said he was going to the Blackjack Road property to mow a lane. Brown said the place Litt was mowing is behind a cornfield and isn’t visible from the road.
He didn’t know how long Litt might have been trapped, but guessed it might have been eight hours or more.
The sheriff’s office was called to the scene shortly after 10 p.m. and Litt was freed shortly after 11:30 p.m. when a semi wrecker that had been called from Blubaugh Body and Frame Service lifted the tractor off him. He was reported to be alert and talking to rescuers while waiting for the tow truck to arrive.
He was flown to OSU by Air Evac.
Homer Fire Department responded to the scene and Mount Vernon Fire Department provided mutual aid.