On Wednesday (10-30-19) at 11:16am Richland Co Dispatch received a call of a man stuck in a culvert on Cty Hwy G just north of Cty E in Sylvan Township. The caller stated a worker for a local farm was assisting with pulling a large manure line through a road culvert tube. The line was being pulled by a tractor and the man was making sure the line went through the tube without getting caught. The man suddenly became entangled in the line and was pulled into the tube. Due to the angle he was pulled in, he became stuck and was not able to be freed by workers on scene.
Richland County Sheriff’s Deputies and Viola EMS responded, as did the Richland Center Fire Department with a rescue truck and a technical rescue trailer. The Richland Co Highway Dept was requested to respond to the scene with an excavator, and Richland Center City Utilities responded to the scene with other specialized equipment.
Once on scene, emergency workers found a 43 year old man from Plain, stuck in a 12 inch road tube up to his waist. After a short amount of time, the man was extricated from the tube. He suffered severe injury to his legs and was immediately transported by Viola EMS to Vernon Memorial Hospital. He was later transferred by Med-Flight helicopter to UW Hospital in Madison. His condition is not known at this time.
Authority: Chief Deputy Chad Kanable