Centralia Fire Protection District firemen work to help an employee of Loepker Grain Elevator after his leg became stuck in a grain auger. Photo by Tim Ferguson.
A 57-year-old worker at the Loepker Grain Elevator on Route 161 East of Centralia at Byars Road was injured when his right leg became stuck in part of the auger.
Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies say the man sustained major cuts and lacerations to his right ankle and foot. A witness saw what was happening and was able to quickly shut off the auger preventing further injury.
The man was freed by Centralia Fire Protection District crews along with Lifestar Ambulance crews. His condition was then stabilized before being transferred to SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment.
The auger is used to sweep up any remaining grain on the floor of a grain bin. The name of the man has not been released.