Pa. man injured in baling accident

June 25, 2003|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

A Quincy, Pa., man who caught his hand in a hay baler near Leitersburg was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Unit by helicopter at noon Tuesday.

Marlin Martin, 27, was working on the baler at his mother-in-law's farm at 21168 Millers Church Road when his hand became jammed in the machinery.

When emergency workers arrived, his hand was free, but he had lost parts of the fingers on his right hand and crushed the hand below his knuckles, said Milton Bloom, deputy chief of the Leitersburg Volunteer Fire Co.


A Maryland State Police helicopter touched down at 11:45 a.m. in a field next to the barn, and a few minutes later, Martin was loaded into the helicopter and flown out.

His condition could not be confirmed Tuesday night. A hospital spokeswoman could not confirm Martin was at the hospital.

Ruth Martin, his mother-in-law, said Marlin has a farm in Quincy, near Waynesboro, Pa., and he often comes to her farm to help out.

She said no one saw the accident occur or knew how it happened.

James Hostetter, a friend of Marlin Martin's, said he saw his friend before he was taken by the helicopter, and he looked like he was doing well considering the circumstances.

"It's something that can happen if you're not careful," Hostetter said.

Bloom said he expects to see more of that type of accident.

"It's bailing season. They're starting to bring in their crops and everything. It's normal," Bloom said.

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