Geary Co. Man Pinned Beneath Tractor, Airlifted To Hospital

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GEARY COUNTY, Kan. (WIBW) -- A Geary County man is recovering after being pinned beneath his tractor.

Rusty Taylor, a farmer, was using his older model tractor to load hay bales into the back of a pick-up truck Sunday afternoon at his home on Wolf Road, located in the southern part of Geary County.

Geary County Undersheriff Tony Wolf says a back wheel on the tractor came off when Taylor had a bale up in the air, getting ready to take it over to the truck. That caused the tractor to be unbalanced and it rolled over.

Taylor’s legs were pinned to the ground by the steering wheel but he managed to call 911 to report that he was trapped under his tractor. Another local farmer in the area who also works as a rural firefighter heard the page and tried to help Taylor until Junction City EMS crews and other members of the Geary County Rural Fire Department could respond to the scene.

Wolf says air bags were placed underneath the tractor to lift it up so that Taylor could be pulled out.

A Life Star helicopter landed in the field next to the scene of the accident and airlifted Taylor to Stormont-Vail Hospital in Topeka with what officials say were multiple injuries to his legs, hips and pelvis.

Stormont-Vail officials indicated Monday that they have no record of Taylor in their system, indicating that he may have requested that the hospital not release any information about his condition.