Arm caught in auger for 45 minutes

Published: 2/17/2017 11:01 AM
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KULPMONT — A borough worker’s arm was caught in an auger Thursday morning and it took emergency responders some 45 minutes to free him.

The freak and gruesome accident at the borough garage sent Charles Ross by helicopter to Hershey Medical Center for treatment of what was described as severe damage to his arm. A condition was not available Thursday night.

Emergency personnel responded to a call around 7:52 a.m. that Ross’ arm had become entangled in an auger in the borough garage. The fire department and borough personnel worked to disengage his arm.

Raymond Siko, who served as the incident commander, said numerous tools, including a jack, cutting grinders, spreaders and hand tools were used.

Siko said the working relationship between all responders was fantastic and those involved from every agency did what they had to do. He offered his thanks on behalf of the fire chief.

Kulpmont Borough and Mount Carmel Township police departments also responded, as did Shamokin Rescue 62, Mount Carmel Truck 2, Atlas Fire Company, Mount Carmel Fire Police, AREA Ambulance and Geisinger Life Flight.

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