Man injured in Bridgewater tractor accident is awake, recovering
BRIDGEWATER — A young man who had been placed in a medically-induced coma after being run over by a tractor near the Bridgewater Country Fair was awake and answering questions Sunday.
Doctors had started easing 23-year-old Tim Meeker Jr. off sedation a week after he fell from the back of a tractor and was run over by one of the wheels on Aug. 18. But, he was still in critical condition last week as his body battled an infection and high fevers, according to updates from his family’s church.
On Sunday, the church’s pastor posted online that Meeker has taken further steps toward recovery this weekend. He was awake more hours throughout the day, was answering questions — non-verbally for now — and was able to sit in a recliner for a few hours, Pastor Linda Williams wrote.
“Give thanks to the Lord!” the post said. “Tim Jr. and all his family are thanking God for His loving mercy and to you for all your prayers.”
She added that the medical staff has a better handle on what Meeker’s infection is and are still treating it aggressively.
“These are all small but significant steps in the right direction,” Williams continued.
Family and friends of Meeker had attended a vigil held for him in the days after his accident at William’s Salem Covenant Church in Washington.
While those who know Meeker pray for his recovery, questions remain about how the accident occurred. According to State Police, Meeker had been asked by fair workers to help pull cars out of the mud.
Dozens of cars had to be pulled from the muddy parking lot at the fair on Saturday after more than 2 1/2 inches of rain fell on the region the week before.
While family members said they have no doubt that Meeker was helping out with the effort, officials with the town and the fair said they had no knowledge of his assistance and only limited knowledge of the accident.