Wis. Man, 81, Spent 2 Nights Stuck In Skid Loader

RIVER FALLS, Wis. (WCCO) – An 81-year-old man was injured and taken to a Wisconsin hospital on Wednesday after spending two nights stuck in a skid loader, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.

The sheriff’s department got a call of a farm accident at about 10:50 a.m. at a location about four miles west of River Falls, Wis.

When authorities arrived, they found 81-year-old Calvin Jennings in the woods trapped in a skid loader. Police said Calvin was found by a hired hand that showed up to help with chores and became concerned when Calvin didn’t come outside. The man checked and saw the skid loader was gone, then went looking for Calvin, authorities said.

A preliminary investigation determined Jennings was using a skid loader to free farm tractor that had been stuck in the woods, authorities said. The loader then became stuck and then lodged in the front of the skid loader. Jennings was trapped inside and not able to free himself.

Jennings told authorities the accident happened sometime around noon on Monday and that he spent two nights stuck. He was conscious and talking, and after being removed from the machine by medical officials he was taken to the River Falls Area Hospital.

  • The Architect

    My god, how did this man not die of heat stroke? He must have tiger blood and Adonis’ DNA.

  • Jay

    No one around to check on this elderly farmers safety. My Father in law always left a note on the back door alerting friends and family of his whereabouts in case something were to hapen. At least, wed know where to look first. As farmers, and the elderly who live alone, they should think of the possibilities of injury, and the speed at which help can come to aid. Two nights, thank fully it was warm, yet, the day time temps alone were super hot. Neighbors need to look after their elderly neighbors if you notice something out of the usual. No lights on in the house when there generally would be, enough for me to investigate. You get to know your neighbors habits.

    • c3

      Good thought, but it just doesn’t work like that out in the country and on a farm.

  • MAJ

    Jay’s advise is right on the mark. It probably was a life saver that he was in a woods.

  • Randy

    It’s clearly the GOP’s fault we had this state shutdown and if everyone paid their fair share (IE the rich) we could already instated an elderly watch program to protect 80 year old farmers who are just out trying to break even from their years of hard work.

    • tim

      I hope you are being sarcastic cause if it is not sarcasm it is stupidity.

    • Kim

      Stay on topic, this has nothing to do with politics

  • Dave

    This article needs some serious editing. The tractor “that been stuck in the woods”?

    And then the loader “became stuck and lodged after a step and railing on the tractor”?

    What does this mean? It is nonsense.

    • Justin

      looks fine to me. unless you don’t understand english and that farm equipment can get stuck? unless you can’t figure out that it was probably mud IN THE WOODS

  • Jay

    At least my neighbors know I’ll care enough to check on them if something seems amiss. Call it what you want, but they appreciate knowing someone cares about their wellbeing!. I have the house keys to 3 different homes, are you trusted to do the same?

  • Sam I am

    I just checked on my neighbors tonight. They are elderly and I hadn’t seen them since Sunday. Thought I should make the check with the excessive heat.

  • tim

    OK…since the news in this case in inaccurate I will let you in on the truth as warn that it is really easy to pass judgement on something you know nothing about. He went up to the woods with the skid loader to bury an animal that died in the heat. For those of you abut to preach animal rights there are misters running water over these animals and she died from exertion trying to give birth. The skid loader got stuck after the burial. He went to get the tractor to pull the skid loader out. In this process the two machines became entangled trapping him. He is fiercely independant and should have asked for help. He didn’t. There are no less than 5 neighbors phone numbers on his fridge to call for help. The neighbors are not to blame and are the ones that found him. I you know it alls want to post blame it is mine…his son….for thinking I could have the neighbors do all my chores for a few days so I could take my family on a short vacation before harvest starts. I should have been there and I wasn’t. I asked him to bury the animal cause I thought it would make him feel useful. If you don’t have 81 year old parents used to working every day you won’t understand and I would appreciate it if you kept your omments to yourselves. I am just a regular guy trying to take care of our family farm, my family and my parents. I am not news. News is the med staff caring for my dad. News is not us. Just setting it straight.

    • c3

      Don’t listen to the comments. I’m from rural Minnesota and I can assure you everyone else from rural MN sympathizes with you and your family. People who are posting otherwise have no idea what it’s like to run a family farm and how it works in the country. You sound like honest, hard working people and this was a very sad accident… my thought are with you.

      • The Architect

        Wait. He survived and is fine, right? I’m not sure why you’re saying it was a sad accident. It sounds like everything worked out just fine, right? Or am I wrong?

        Also a little confused why my previous comment was reported. Was something wrong with saying I’m happy it worked out positively? What’s up with that?

        • Karen

          Architect, any accident is sad and unfortunate. What’s with the hostility?

          • The Architect

            What hostility?? I only commented twice. The first time I told Tim I was happy his dad was ok. That comment was reported.
            The second comment was me asking if I was correct in my reading that he was ok, and why is it a sad accident if he’s just fine?

            But there was never, ever even a shred of hostility, and I don’t even know where you’re getting that from, Karen. Please explain.

  • Sarah

    I think it is unfair to blame yourself, Tim. I had an 89 year old grandfather who farmed and he was fiercely independent (to a fault sometimes) and would’ve done the exact same thing. I’m just glad that your father is ok.

  • Carl

    i might know where that fram is

  • Bill

    What’s a Skid Loader???

  • concerned parent

    I wonder if I should open a service that tries to contact people if they do not report in for a certain specified agreed upon time. Call or email. I am a single father with a severly handicapped son who would be left alone if I were to become incapacitated. I am worried about him, not whaat would happen tp me.
    Any ideas?

    • HooDatIS?

      call it the find a fool service
      FAFS INC.

  • HooDatIS?

    grandpa is one strong abled body son of a gun
    81 and still doing his thing
    god bless him

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