Man Critical After Being Crushed By Mobile Home

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A 19-year-old Payson man is in critical condition at Scottsdale Osborn Hospital with internal injuries suffered when a mobile home fell on him Oct. 27 during construction set-up.

Thomas Sears, an employee of Professional Setters, was beginning to set up a mobile home at Lamplighter RV Resort in Star Valley when the accident occurred.

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Thomas Sears, an employee of Professional Setters, was treated by Diamond Star Fire Department personnel before being airlifted to a Scottsdale hospital. Sears was setting up a mobile home at Lamplighter RV Resort in Star Valley when it fell on him.

Dave Galpin of Professional Setters said Sears followed precautions by setting up safety blocks but the moist ground gave way and the house fell.

Galpin said he has been told Sears underwent an MRI this morning and it is believed he suffered a lacerated kidney and spleen as well as other internal injuries.

The hospital lists him in critical condition.

The incident began at 9:19 a.m. when the Gila County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call from a neighbor who said she had heard the noise created by the falling manufactured home.

Gila County Detective George Ratliff said Sears began work before the remainder of the crew arrived and was setting the trailer when a jack slipped pinning him between the trailer and the ground.

"Thomas managed to extricate himself and was laying next to the trailer when emergency crews arrived," Ratliff said.

Sears was treated at the scene by the Diamond Star Fire Department and was taken by helicopter to the Scottsdale Hospital.

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