UPDATE: A Claypool man was transported to Lutheran Hospital via helicopter Monday afternoon after having his arm severed in a farm/mowing accident.
According to Sgt. Chad Hill of the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department, officers responded to a 911 call at 1:18 p.m. Upon their arrival at 7710 S. 300 E., Claypool, they located Bill L. Linn, 59, lying on the ground with his left arm amputated above the elbow.
Sidney/Jackson Township Fire Department first responders had already summoned Lutheran Air, which arrived at the scene and immediately transported Linn in critical condition.
Although the investigation is still on-going, the initial findings are that Linn was working on a small tractor with the bush hog. Family members heard the tractor start up and Linn’s son went out to find his father injured. The tractor was engaged and also struck a vehicle and a barn.
Investigators are not yet sure if Linn was somehow pulled under the mower or if it engaged while he was working on it.
Sgt. Hill did say Linn’s son immediately applied a tourniquet to his father’s severed arm, which likely saved his life.
Sgt. Hill said Linn is still in critical condition.
BREAKING: Lutheran Air helicopter has been called to a farming/mowing accident in rural Claypool.
According to scanner traffic, an individual sustained an amputated arm while operating a bush hog. A bush hog is a type of mower commonly pulled behind a tractor and used to cut large areas of grass.
The accident occurred in the 7700 block of South 300 East. Fire department personnel and medical personnel are on scene.
No additional information is yet available.