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Adair County farmer injured in tractor slide

Highly coordinated, efficient and effective efforts of Adair County Fire Department, EMS, Sheriff's Office and Search & Rescue stabllize and speed helicopter flight with injured man to tertiary center in Lexington in just one hour.
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By Ed Waggener

An Adair County farmer was airlifted from his farm in the Purdy Community after being injured when his tractor apparently hit a slick spot on a steep hillside pasture above Sulphur Creek.

Rescue workers believe that the tractor may have flipped. Despite injuries, the farm owner made it from the scene of accident, climbing approximately 800 feet to a gate and then on up the hill perhaps 700-800 feet beyond, Adair SAR Chief Joe Collins estimated, to the point where emergency responders found him.

Neighbors said that the injured man had only recently purchased the farm. He was transporting a round roll of hay when the accident occurred.

He was flown by Air Evac to the UK Medical Center in Lexington from the farm.

Emergency crews received the call at approximately 5pmCT, Mr. Collins said. There were what appeared to be 25-30 taking part in the rescue, including, it appeared, some 10 or so mobile units from the Adair County EMS, the Adair County Rescue Squad, the Adair County Search and Rescue, AirEvac, and the Adair County Sheriff's Department's Deputy Adam Cravens. - CM

This story was posted on 2013-03-17 07:13:45
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Air Evac helicopter leaves scene of Purdy tractor accident

2013-03-16 - Purdy Community, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener. An Air Evac helicopter left a farm pasture in the Purdy, KY community at around 6pmCT, bound for the UK Medical Center in Lexington, KY, as the last of several emergency response mobile units and personnel were leaving the area.
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Farmer makes it long distance from accident scene

2013-03-17 - Purdy, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener. The break in the cedars marks a one third to one half distance between the site of the tractor slide and the point in the pasture were a Purdy Community farmer was rescued by Adair County first responders - a distance of some 1,600 feet, Adair County Search & Rescue Chief Joe Collins estimated.
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Tractor slide injures Adair Farmer

2013-03-18 - Purdy Community, Adair County, KY - Photo by Joe Collins.
The tractor involved in the Saturday afternoon, March 16, 2013 rescue
of an Adair County farmer came to a rest in the edge of a woods. The missing skid marks have led to the theory that the tractor may have flipped to its resting place, making the rest of the story all the more remarkable, with the farmer's ability to climb by himself up a steep hillside halfway to the place from which the helicopter carried him to Lexington. The steering wheel was flattened and the seat was dislodged and straw on the lift joints suggest a flip, as well. Equally remarkable is that the time between the accident and the time the driver was in air to treatment at one of the state's tertiary trauma centers was approximately one hour, a time so short it would have been unthinkable in Adair County just a few decades ago.

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