Mowing accident sends man to Tupelo

First responders minister to the needs of Ronny Keith, 55, who fell off the wall while mowing a yard at 438 Madison Street Wednesday and had his mower fall on him. Keith was airlifted to Tupelo with lacerations to his hand and chest. (Photo by Floyd Ingram)

First responders minister to the needs of Ronny Keith, 55, who fell off the wall while mowing a yard at 438 Madison Street Wednesday and had his mower fall on him. Keith was airlifted to Tupelo with lacerations to his hand and chest.
(Photo by Floyd Ingram)

HOUSTON – Sammy McMillen had just driven past a man mowing his yard on Madison Street in Houston Wednesday and looked in his mirror to see the mower on top of him.

“I don’t know exactly what happened but he was mowing on the hill and when I looked in the mirror he was in the street with the mower was on him,” said McMillen. “I could tell he was hurt.”

McMillen and his wife Becky turned their car around and found Ronny Bruce Keith, 55, suffering from a laceration to his left hand and a deep gash in the center of his chest.

“This lady is scrubs, I think she was a nurse, got to him before we did and was trying to stop the bleeding,” said McMillen. “We called 911.”

Keith was mowing his yard with a push-mower at about 4 p.m. The front yard at 438 Madison Street slopes down to a concrete retaining wall and Keith apparently was trying to push the mower up the hill when he slipped or stepped off the wall, fell and the mower rolled back on top of him.

The Houston Fire Department responded and immediately wrapped Keith’s hand and stabilized his breathing. Keith was placed in an ambulance and airlifted to Tupelo from the Houston Airport in stable condition.

Traffic on Madison Street was slowed for about 30 minutes until Keith could be transported from the scene.

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