NZ Tractor driver died while saving friend


New Zealand tractor driver hailed as a hero, after he dies whilst saving friend.

NZ Tractor driver died while saving friend

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New Zealand tractor driver hailed as a hero, after he dies whilst saving friend.

A New Zealand tractor died whilst trying to save his friend, as reported by stuff.co.nz.

The driver, Lawrence Thompson, aged 30, died in Marlborough on Sunday past, in an incident involving a tractor. He died after he crashed his tractor, after saving his friends truck from the river.

His friend had called Lawrence on Sunday, to ask for help as his four-wheel-drive got stuck in the Wairau River. Thompson then picked up his tractor and set off to help. The vehicle though, rolled on his way home.

His father, Peter, speculated that his son may have crashed because of sun strike. He confirmed that firefighters who attended the scene had told him, they themselves had problems with sun strike.

Annette Thompson, Lawrence’s mother, said her son was always there to help those in need.

"He would always be the one there to help people and this happened when he was helping someone," she said.

Lawrence was also a Seddon Volunteer for the Fire Brigade, which he joined as a 16-year-old.

"He joined as soon as he was old enough," said Annette.

His mother said her son was a home bird, and spent all his time there when not working.

"He was a bit of a homebody really," said his mother.

"He loved his dogs, they were his children," Annette added.

His mother continued by saying her son was like both her and his father.

"He was a real helper like [his dad] but practical like me." she said.

Police in the area have said they are investigating the crash.



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