mower-racer-airlifted-at-poowong-musterParamedics were quickly on the scene of an accident at the Poowong Mower Muster last Sunday but thankfully a nasty-looking accident only resulted in “severe bruising” to a driver’s leg, with nothing broken.

ORGANISERS of the Poowong Mower Muster and Freestyle Motorcycle Event last Sunday may have dodged a bullet when an inexperienced driver crashed his machine and was airlifted to hospital.
Initially it was thought the young man had broken his leg or worse but, despite the pain, CT scans and testing later revealed no breaks, although the injured driver was required to spend two days in hospital.
According to one organisers, Stephen Douglas, all precautions were taken with the injured man with St John first aiders on the scene followed quickly by two MICA paramedics in a road ambulance and the airwing which later airlifted the man to the Alfred.
“It was just an unfortunate accident,” said Douglas.
“The incident happened in the first round of heats in the 250cc B Class event. He’s come into the corner, powered up and hit two 250kg hay bales, at a 45 degree angle, which he has moved back by about three feet.”
The incident happened at about 11.30am and racing was halted for about 90 minutes.
It is understood that the young man was competing in his first race, to honour the memory of his brother who was killed in January.
The event went on to be a major success for the Poowong CFA Brigade with more than $5000 raised.
Organisers thanked all volunteer groups for their support but particularly St John and the AROLMRA (Australian Ride-on Lawn Mower Racing Association) for helping at the accident scene.
Mower muster results: A Class Winners 1st Gavin Barry, 2nd Greg Tormey, 3rd Hank Barton. B Class Winners 1st Stewart Elliot, 2nd Shane Ardley, 3rd James Rosser. C Class Winners 1st Samantha Cowie, 2nd Caleb White, 3rd Cael White. Junior Class Winners 1st Blake Barry, 2nd Jayden White, 3rd Adam Tormey.