Driving down a familiar street several years ago, my husband and I waited for a traffic light to change, soon becoming aware of a high-pitched noise, almost a scream, but we couldn’t find its source. It continued until the traffic started moving, then a man dressed for yard work appeared from behind a church, whistling, then signaling to another man. They hurried toward the road, then I understood what was happening.
Another man, obviously working on the church grounds, was using a riding lawnmower on the embankment next to the road, and the mower turned over. My view was limited, but it seemed that he caught it with his feet before it could roll on top of him, and he held it there, emitting a sound his friends could hear over all the noise.
The two men were able to pull the mower off the man safely, then I glimpsed a car on the road which ran beside the church. The door was open, and the driver had jumped out to assist, but the crisis was averted before he could get there. It’s good to know there are still people willing to lend a hand to a stranger.
Note: To avoid such an accident, ride up and down an embankment or hill–never horizontally.