Accident critically injures Brazil cemetery worker

An Air Evac helicopter airlifted a Brazil city cemetery employee to an Indianapolis hospital after he was critically injured in an accident.

Posted: Sep. 29, 2017 3:03 AM
Updated: Sep. 29, 2017 3:03 AM

BRAZIL, Ind. (WTHI) - An Air Evac helicopter airlifted a Brazil city cemetery employee to an Indianapolis hospital after he was critically injured in an accident. 

Mayor Brian Wyndham told News 10 it happened at Collage Hill Cemetery on Tuesday. The Mayor says he's not releasing the employee's name until all members of his family have been notified. Mayor Wyndham did tell us the employee has about 35 years of service to his credit.

Wyndham said a crew was using a post hole digger (an auger), which was powered by a tractor. The crew didn't see a cable in the weeds and that is when the auger came into contact with the cable, which pulled the man into the auger. 

The accident broke the man's leg, and that leg also has some severe lacerations to it. Mayor Wyndham confirmed the man was in surgery well into the night time hours on Tuesday.

Mayor Wyndham said Cottage Hill Cemetery is owned by the City of Brazil, despite being located in Posey Township.

Firefighters from Posey and Dick Johnson townships, as well as the City of Brazil responded. An ambulance took the man to the medical helicopter, which used a landing zone set up in nearby Craig Park. 

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