Although trapped under the wheels of a dump truck Saturday, officials confirmed to The Brazil Times late Sunday a rural Clay County man was in good spirits.
According to information provided by the Clay County Sheriff's Department, Stephen Auterson, 52, was in the Progressive Intensive Care Unit at the Indianapolis Wishard Memorial Hospital awaiting surgery to set a broken leg.
Shortly after 11 a.m., Saturday, 911 dispatchers at the Clay County Sheriff's Department were notified a man was trapped under the wheels of a dump truck at a private residence located near County Road 1400 North and CR 200 West.
According to a press release prepared by Deputy James Switzer, Auterson was apparently attempting to attach a chain to a Bobcat-style loader so he could use a single-axle dump truck to pull it out of the soft ground when the accident occurred.
For some unknown reason, the truck rolled down a hill, trapping Auterson under the rear driver's side wheels.
Apparently the loader stopped the truck from rolling further and causing more harm to Auterson.
Members of Clay County Search and Rescue and Posey and Dick Johnson volunteer fire departments used air bags to lift the dump truck off Auterson's legs. Honey Creek Fire Department, in Vigo County, was initially toned for assistance during the procedure, but was later disregarded.
Within minutes, Auterson was removed.
TransCare personnel stabilized Auterson before transporting him to a nearby field where members of the AirEvac air ambulance service transported him to Wishard Memorial Hospital.
Further details were not available at press time.