Michigan is the home of the farming folk in the country―the hardy tribe who can handle anything that life throws their way. But every once in a while, a farm hand gets stuck in a tragic accident that reminds us that life in these places is not as easy as it seems. Just today, a West Michigan teenager from Leroy Township was run over by a grain trailer while working on his family farm. The teen is currently in the hospital, fighting for his life.
Tragic Accident Unites Entire Community
The township’s Fire Chief James Thompson says that the town does not see many such calls and that it is indeed tragic and sad that a young life had to be caught in the midst of all this tragedy. As the Fire Chief says, ‘time’ in the town has been hanging still as almost everyone in the community is hanging on to word of the small boy’s situation.
The 13 year old was rushed to emergency surgery in Kalamazoo hospital on Sunday afternoon after the accident. According to truck accident attorneys in the area, the boy had severe injuries to his pelvis and neck. His condition is still known to be critical and he is being kept under observation in the hospital.
Rescue Operation was very Tricky
The tragic accident saw the town’s fire department tested to its limits. The accident called for immediate action and it was an all-hands situation at the Calhoun farm where the fire department crews worked in tandem to rescue the boy as he was trapped beneath the trailer that was full of grain. The team had to use two sets of Jaws to raise the trailer and air bags which they borrowed from another department. They used these tools simultaneously and it worked well in raising the semi-trailer to a height so that it was easier to extricate the 13 year old that was trapped underneath it.
There was an augur that had fallen and tipped over causing the young boy to become pinned under the wheels of the semi. He was, as described by the firemen working at the scene, pinned underneath the duals and the rescue team had to be very careful of not moving the vehicle in either direction while lifting it so that they did not hurt him any more than he already was.
Firemen Rushed the Boy to Surgery
According to the first responders, the call for help came around 3:15 on the Sunday afternoon. The victim was helping his uncle work on his grandfather’s farm, and he somehow ended up tangled in the wheels of the truck. Truck accident attorneys say that since the fire department could not get a helicopter to rescue the victim, he was then shuttled off to hospital in an ambulance.
Lt. Jeff Slayton of the township’s Fire Department was with the boy the whole way till the Kalamazoo hospital and he said that the teenager kept his calm the whole time and behaved with a lot of bravado and patience.