CLAY CITY -- A 19-year-old Bloomfield man was lifelined to Wishard Memorial Hospital, Indianapolis, following a 12-foot fall into a tank at the Clay City Wastewater Treatment Plant Wednesday morning.
According to Clay City Volunteer Fire Dept. Assistant Chief Jim Rupp, Matt Wilson, 19, Bloomfield, fell off a ladder while working in the tank.
"He said the bottom of the ladder slipped out," Rupp said. "It was 12-foot of actual fall distance."
Wilson is the son of Small-Wilson Contractor co-owner Bryan Wilson. Small-Wilson is one of the contracting companies working on the new wastewater treatment facility, located at 750 S. Seventh St., Clay City.
Emergency responders were dispatched to the scene at 9:10 a.m. Wednesday morning. Agencies responding included Clay City Volunteer Fire Dept., Trans-Care, Lewis Township Volunteer Fire Dept., and Air-Evac. Clay County Search and Rescue was also dispatched, but was disregarded en route to the scene.
Rupp, the first responder on the scene, said he climbed down the 16-foot hole to evaluate the situation while also stabilizing Wilson.
Rupp said Wilson had a possible fractured left forearm and a severe cut to his forehead, but was conscious.
"He was responsive from the time I got into the hole," Rupp said.
Lewis Township Fire Chief Bryan Husband said he was unaware how severe the situation was until he arrived on the scene.
"He may have lost consciousness, but he was the one who made the initial call (to 911), I believe," Husband said.
Officials had to use a stokes basket and an onsite crane to lift Wilson out of the tank.
"Once the stokes basket got here and we got the crane in position, it couldn't have been more than 10 minutes (to get him out)," Husband said.
Wilson was lifted from the tank at 10:05 a.m. and was transported via Air-Evac to Wishard Memorial Hospital nearly 20 minutes later.