WINONA - A Winona Road dairy farm owner was seriously injured Sunday evening when the skid loader he was operating malfunctioned.
Winona Fire Chief George Brantingham said a farm employee called in the accident after finding the man pinned between the skid loader's arms and main unit.
It appears the man was trying to exit the skid loader when the hydraulic line broke, he said.
The department used air bags to lift the arms away from the machine and free the man within 10 minutes.
Damascus EMS treated him at the scene while awaiting a medical airlift by Stat MedEvac. A landing zone was set up on the farm property, Brantingham said.
He was taken to a Youngstown hospital with lower body injuries and was conscious during the entire rescue effort, the chief added.
Brantingham declined to release the man's name. He estimated the man to be in his 40s.
The farm is located at 28173 Winona Road in the western part of Butler Township.
Assisting the Winona department on the call were the Damascus, Beloit, North Georgetown and Homeworth fire departments and EMS.
Brantingham said a total of 35 firefighters responded.