A 45-year-old Westminster man, who was pinned between the boom of a backhoe and a tow truck on Tuesday, was released from the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore yesterday, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Harry S. Yingling Jr., of the 300 block of Bachmans Valley Road, was flown to Shock Trauma by state police helicopter after the 4 p.m. accident.
Troopers said Mr. Yingling sustained possible chest and internal injuries. The accident occurred after a hydraulic fluid line of the backhoe ruptured while the equipment was being loaded on a tow truck operated by Mr. Yingling in the 1800 block of Deer Park Road.
Mr. Yingling told investigating officers that the rupture caused the boom of the backhoe to drop. Police said he called for a second tow truck to reposition the boom.
While the boom was being prepared for lifting, it shifted and struck Mr. Yingling, pinning him against the second tow truck, police were told.
The truck driver and workmen at the scene freed Mr. Yingling and called for help.