MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A worker at the Cassco Ice plant in Martinsburg was seriously injured Monday morning when his arm was caught in an auger machine, officials said.
Craig Riner, 22, was by himself operating a piece of ice-handling equipment at the Factory Street plant around 9:30 a.m. when his left arm became entangled in the machine, said Cassco spokesman Neil Showalter.
It took rescue workers 22 minutes to free Riner from the machine, said Martinsburg Fire Department Lt. Eddie Gochenour. Riner was taken to Martinsburg City Hospital, then flown in stable condition to Fairfax INOVA Hospital in Fairfax, Va.
Gochenour would not comment on specifics of the accident but said Riner's injury was "very serious."
Showalter, the senior vice president of the mid-Atlantic region for the Harrisonburg, Va.-based Cassco, said the cause of the accident was under investigation. Showalter said he did not know the extent of Riner's injuries, classifying them as "serious but not life threatening."