A man believed to be 22 years old was transported Wednesday, Nov. 3 from a grain elevators site west of Fairmount, North Dakota, to the nearest medical center. From there, he was expected to receive medical treatment in Fargo.
The man, whose identity was not revealed by law enforcement, was injured at the accident scene. The accident took place at approximately 2:25 p.m. Wednesday.
Richland County Chief Deputy Gary Ruhl stated that a grain auger's cable broke as the victim was standing underneath the auger. When the cable snapped, the sheriff's office subsequently stated, the auger came down and landed on the victim's head. The victim received head and neck injuries. Had the victim been standing 1 foot further away, an onlooker said, he would have avoided injury.
Ruhl did not confirm the victim’s age, which was stated over Richland County Communications/911. At the time the accident was reported, the victim was conscious. Further identification may occur following notification of the victim’s family.
The elevators were located near the intersection of North Dakota Highway 127 and Highway 11. In addition to the sheriff’s office, Fairmount First Responders and Ambulance Service Inc. responded.
The victim appeared to have non-life-threatening injuries, the sheriff's office stated Thursday, Nov. 4. The accident remains under investigation.