Terror as tractor tumbles towards Swiss motorway

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Terror as tractor tumbles towards Swiss motorway
The tractor narrowly missed falling on to the motorway below. Photo: Obwalden police

The driver of a tractor was injured on Thursday when his vehicle tumbled down a slope and was left hanging precariously over a motorway in the canton of Obwalden.


For reasons as yet unknown, the tractor crashed through a noise protection wall and fell several metres down a grassy slope before coming to a stop on the top of a wall overlooking the A8 in Sarnen, police said.

Called to the scene, firemen first had to ensure the tractor wouldn’t fall on to the road before they were able to extract the driver from his predicament.

Injured, he was airlifted to hospital by helicopter rescue service Rega.


The A8 was shut in both directions for three hours while the tractor was removed with a crane.

The damage is estimated at several thousand francs, said police.


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