Teen In Critical Condition After Grain Bin Accident
(Phillips County, AR) Scary moments at a Phillips County Arkansas seed company has a teenager recovering at The MED.
A wheat bin collapsed, spilling grain and trapping the 18-year-old.
Wednesday morning, workers at Fuller Seed Company in Poplar Grove Arkansas were shoveling thousands of pounds of wheat grain.
No one at the company would comment on the collapse that happened Tuesday morning when grain came crashing down on the teen.
The Phillips County Sheriff’s Department says 18-year old Steven Bloesch of Marvell Arkansas was the injured worker.
Bloesch was reportedly standing near a grain truck as wheat was being transferred from the bin to the truck’s hopper.
The accident brought more than a dozen firefighters and paramedics rushing to help.
Mike Tharp is a paramedic with Pafford EMS in Helena-West Helena, “He was lying on top of wheat and also had wheat on top of him.”
He says a helicopter from Clarksdale, Mississippi was in the air shortly after the call for help went out, “We went ahead and started working the patient, taking care of him, had everything stabilized. And by the time we had done that Air One was already on the ground.”
Tharp says in the Arkansas Delta, farm related accidents do happen.
So EMS techs have to be prepared for anything,
‘We have had people that have fallen inside grain elevators, we’ve had tractors that have turned over on people, each scene is different. You have to be flexible and work to that patient.”
Family and friends of Steven Bloesch who are at The MED have declined our requests for an interview.
Fuller Seed Company said this afternoon they continue to have “no comment.”