John Brennan and Serena Dolinska survey the scene.
John Brennan and Serena Dolinska survey the scene. Blainey Woodham

Close call in mower crash

THE partner of a Burringbar man injured in the third mower accident on the Northern Rivers in the past fortnight says he must have a guardian angel watching over him.

John Brennan, 64, cut it a little too close on his ride-on mower on Wednesday, falling 2m down an embankment.

The mower landed on top of him, trapping his leg.

He suffered concussion and needed stitches to injuries on his left leg, right arm and his head.

His partner Serena Dolinska said she was surprised to have him home already after he spent less than 48 hours in Tweed Hospital.

Seeing him pinned under the mower made her fear he may have permanent brain damage.

"He kept repeating himself, 'Was I on the mower? Where did it happen?'" Ms Dolinska said.

"He's lucky to be alive all right, he could have been a vegetable or a quadriplegic.

"He sure has a guardian angel with him."

Mr Brennan said he couldn't believe he'd been so foolish.

"I don't know what I was doing, going so close to the edge there. Must have lost concentration.

"The bloody thing nearly killed me."

The accident follows the tragic death last month of Mullumbimby resident Cliff Jones.

Mr Jones, 67, was found dead on March 29 in the Ocean Shore Country Club dam.

Just over a week later, an elderly man sustained cuts to his chest in Uki after falling beside a mower.

He is recovering in hospital.



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