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.


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