A co-op employee was transported to Wichita via helicopter Friday afternoon in serious condition after falling in a grain auger.
Winfield fire/EMS, Cowley County Sheriff’s deputies, and the Kansas Highway Patrol responded at 3:24 p.m. to the Valley Co-op branch, 16101 23rd Road, near Oxford, for an industrial accident.
Emergency crews requested assistance from EagleMed and the Udall Fire Department in freeing the man from the silo.
Rescue crews arrived and found a facility employee inside a metal grain bin with one leg entrapped in an auger. Crews began working to free the victim’s leg while initiating medical treatment. The patient was responsive and in stable condition during the operation.
Due to the severity of the entanglement, a Wesley Medical Center trauma surgeon was requested for consultation. EagleMed transported the surgeon to the scene via helicopter and assisted with extraction. Rescue crews removed the victim at 4:53 p.m. from the grain bin.
EagleMed lifted off from the co-op at 5:01 p.m. with the patient and surgeon onboard and transported them to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.
Those who responded where: 10 personnel from Winfield Fire Department, three personnel from Udall Fire Department, four deputies from the Cowley County Sheriff’s Office and one trooper from the Kansas Highway Patrol. Special equipment was also required to free the employee.