COLLETON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Emergency officials say a 63-year-old man suffered severe injuries after his arm was caught in a corn harvester in a field in Colleton County.
Colleton County Fire and Rescue officials say the accident happened at a field off the 20000 block of Lowcountry Highway south of Ruffin Wednesday morning.
Crews reported difficulty getting to the scene since the field was located down a narrow dirt path; firefighter-paramedics reported getting within 200 yards of the accident, but had to leave the ambulance at the edge of the field.
According to CCFR officials, the man was heavily entrapped with his arm between and below two metal rollers.
Hydraulic rescue tools, hand and power tools were brought to the scene by pickup trucks to assist in the rescue.
In addition, authorities say nearby farmers also responded bringing a variety of tools; CCFR officials say the farmers expertise with the equipment was invaluable.
According to authorities, paramedics treated the victim with a tourniquet, multiple IV lines and pain medications until his arm was freed. CCFR officials say the combined effort to free the man lasted an hour.
The victim was transported out of the field on a six wheeler to reach the ambulance which then transported the patient to a medical helicopter which landed at Bells Elementary School.