Farm worker jumps to safety when his tractor bursts into flames at Walsoken

A tractor belonging to Strattons catches fire

A tractor belonging to Strattons catches fire - Credit: Archant

A quick thinking farm worker leapt out of his tractor cab to safety seconds before it burst into flames as he worked on the land.

A tractor belonging to Strattons catches fire

A tractor belonging to Strattons catches fire - Credit: Archant

The driver heard a loud bang and within seconds the cab was filled with smoke then burst into flames in the incident at Walsoken.

John Stratton, of Stratton’s Farm, said: “He was levelling land when it happened with no warning whatsoever.

“The lad who was driving knew immediately this was serious and jumped out.

“Seconds later the cab was filled with flames.”


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Mr Stratton praised emergency services who he said were at the scene within eight minutes.

“An amazing service, can’t fault them,” he said.

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The tractor contained all the computer equipment needed for the bailer leaving Mr Stratton needing to hire equipment so that he can continue with agricultural work that needs doing.

“I’ve been in farming more than 20 years and never seen anything like this before,” he said.

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