While working with a juvenile employee to repair the hydraulic system of a front-end loader, Dustin Gilbert, 19, Lewis, was injured when he attempted to climb onto the equipment when it began to move. His foot was caught between a tire and a step, pulling him under the equipment.
Shortly before noon, members of the Clay County Sheriff's Department, Clay City Volunteer Fire Department and TransCare were dispatched to the scene. AirEvac was also dispatched to the scene, but was later rerouted to St. Vincent Clay Hospital to take the semi-conscious Gilbert to Indianapolis Wishard Hospital.
Gilbert sustained severe head, neck and chest injuries, but Sheriff Mike Heaton was unable to verify if it was caused from the fall or the equipment.
"We don't have a medical report from the hospital as to the extent of Gilbert's injuries," Heaton said.
According to routine OSHA accident investigation procedures, the unidentified driver had to undergo an alcohol test. Heaton said the results came back negative.
Because of the stress of the accident, the driver was sent home.
"We are investigating, but there isn't anything criminal and there was no horseplay involved, it is just an unfortunate accident," Heaton said. "Farmers are professionals and they know the dangers of being and working around equipment, which is why we don't have that many farm related accidents in Clay County. This was just a very unfortunate accident."