Hector farmer’s leg caught in combine

HECTOR — A Hector area farmer Wednesday when his leg became trapped in a corn combine.

The Renville County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call at 2:44 p.m. reporting a man trapped in a corn head. The emergency was reported to be along the 47000 block of 835th Avenue, which is about 4 miles north of Hector in Hector Township.

Emergency responders discovered that 28-year-old Benjamin Beadell of Hector had one leg trapped in the corn head mechanism between snouts. Beadell was freed from the machine and was treated at the scene by Hector Ambulance Service personnel.

Following treatment at the scene, Beadell was flown to North Memorial Health in Robbinsdale by a North Air Care helicopter. His injuries were not considered life-threatening.

The accident investigation revealed that the combine was stationary while Beadell and others were working near the running corn head. Beadell’s leg became pinned in the head by its gathering chains. A slip clutch on the head then engaged, which prevented Beadell from being pulled further into the mechanism.

Agencies dispatched to the scene included the Hector Ambulance Service, Hector Fire/Rescue, North Air Care and the Renville County Sheriff’s Office.