Hector Man’s Leg Caught in Combine


(Hector, MN) Last week, the Renville County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting a man trapped in a corn head.

The emergency was reported Wednesday afternoon to be along the 47000 block of 835th Avenue, which is about 4 miles north of Hector.

Upon arrival, emergency responders discovered that 28-year-old Benjamin Beadell of Hector had one leg trapped in the corn head mechanism between snouts.

Beadell was freed from the machine and was treated at the scene by Hector Ambulance Service personnel.

Following treatment at the scene, Beadell was flown to North Memorial Health in Robbinsdale for further treatment. His injuries were not considered life-threatening.

Authorities say the investigation revealed that the combine was stationary while Beadell and others were working near the running corn head.  Beadell’s leg became pinned in the head by the its gathering chains.  A slip clutch on the head then engaged, which prevented Beadell from being pulled further into the mechanism.


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