Elderly man trapped under two-tonne bell outside NSW museum

Ash Cant
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An elderly man has been injured after a two-tonne bell fell on him while he was working on it, trapping him inside.

Just after 2.30pm on Wednesday, emergency services and police were called to a reserve in Nimmitabel, an historic town located on the outskirts of the Snowy Mountains, following reports a man had been injured.

Officers attached to the Monaro Police District arrived at the reserve located on the intersection of Bombala Street and Clarke Street where they found a 77-year-old man injured.

“The man was found suffering leg injuries after a bell trapped him,” NSW Police confirmed to Yahoo News Australia.

The man was freed from the bell in Nimmitabel, presumably the town’s iconic Nimmity Bell, and was treated by paramedics at the scene before being airlifted to Canberra Hospital.

It’s believed the bell had recently been installed outside the town’s museum.

The Nimmitable Bell reportedly fell on a 77-year-old man, trapping him. Source: Facebook/Lions District 201N2
The Nimmitable Bell reportedly fell on a 77-year-old man, trapping him. Source: Facebook/Lions District 201N2

SafeWork NSW confirmed it was investigating the incident.

The Nimmitable Bell was shipped from New York in 2015, according to the Canberra Times, after locals fundraised to purchase it.

The Nimmity Bell was unveiled at Nimmitable’s annual Nimmity Bell Festival in 2015.

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