Man injures himself on auger while cleaning Auburn’s grain bin, airlifted to hospital in Flint

AUBURN, MI — After falling into an auger at an Auburn grain facility and sustaining a serious injury, a local man was airlifted to a hospital in Flint.

At approximately 9:25 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, Bay County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to Ittner Bean and Grain, 301 Park St., to assist EMS personnel, Sheriff Troy R. Cunningham said. A 44-year-old man was cleaning out a grain silo when he slipped and fell, hitting an auger inside the silo, the sheriff said.

The man suffered a severe laceration to his left leg, an injury that nearly resulted in amputation, Cunningham said.

Other staff at the facility used a belt as a tourniquet to stop the bleeding until EMS arrived, the sheriff said.

Deputies helped clear a landing area for a FlightCare helicopter to land. The man was loaded into the helicopter and transported to Hurley Medical Center in Flint for treatment.

The man is expected to survive, Cunningham said.

Deputies were assisted at the scene by Auburn-Williams firefighters and Medstar personnel.

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