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Man injured in farming accident

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By Linda Ireland

A LaRue County farmer is recovering from injuries sustained in a silage chopper.

Gary Rock was working in a field on Slack Road in Roanoke about 6:30 p.m. Thursday. He was using a self-propelled chopper to cut corn stalks when the equipment apparently jammed.

The machine uses a belt to pull the corn stalks into the cutter.  Rock apparently kicked or pushed the clog with his foot, according to his son-in-law, Chris Loyall. He was pulled into the cutter.

 “One leg was amputated on scene,” said Loyall. “The other was mangled and amputated (at the hospital).”

Another worker had taken a load of silage to the barn when the accident occurred.

Rock called Loyall, a Radcliff firefighter, at work and told him his legs were caught. The phone went dead and Loyall called 911.

He drove to the farm in time to see Rock being loaded into a medical helicopter.

The situation would have been much worse without the quick response of the LaRue County Ambulance Service, he said.

“(Paramedics) Mark Vertrees and Jerry McBride saved him,” said Loyall. “I told them they saved his life by getting there so fast.”

Rock had surgery Thursday night and is scheduled for a second surgery Saturday.

Loyall said he was resting.