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Teen in critical condition after Calhoun Co. farm accident

LEROY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – A West Michigan teen is fighting for his life after he was run over by a grain trailer on his family farm in Leroy Township, just outside Climax.

Newschannel 3’s Lourin Sprenger live with more on the teen’s condition.

The 13-year-old was rushed into surgery at a Kalamazoo hospital Sunday afternoon with injuries to his pelvis and neck. Newschannel 3 is told he’s critical condition right now, all of this a tragic accident.

“Time does seem to stand still when we have a young man like this trapped under this farm situation, we don’t have too many of these calls,” says Leroy Township Fire Chief James Thompson.

It was all hands on deck at the Calhoun County farm, as crews worked to free a teen, trapped beneath a trailer full of grain.

“We used two sets of Jaws and air bags from another department and worked simultaneously to raise the loaded semi-trailer up to extricate him,” Thompson says.

First responders tell Newschannel 3 the call came in just after 3 p.m. Sunday, after the victim was tangled in the wheels, helping his uncle work here on his grandfather’s farm.

Thompson says, “We could not get a helicopter today,” so, twenty minutes later, the victim was on his way to the hospital by ambulance.

Lt. Jeff Slayton of the Leroy Township Fire Department says, “He was a great patient, calm the whole time, very conscious and alert, a very brave young man.”

First responders worked quickly to stabilize the machinery before freeing the boy. Slayton says, “There was an auger that had tipped over. The young man was under the wheels of the truck, pinned beneath the duals, so we have to keep the vehicle from moving in either direction.”

Despite the weight of 30 tons, the 13-year-old was awake and talking, fighting through the pain, his lower body crushed — and injuries considered life threatening.

Slayton says, “I was under the vehicle with the young man, doing patient contact, so it felt like it was a long time, but we had all our resources here. We gave him the best chance we could, the extrication went well.”

Once again, the 13-year-old is in critical condition, recovering from surgery Sunday night. His family tells us they are hopeful for a positive outcome. Right now, it’s just too soon to tell.

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