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Farmer hurt after being trapped under a wagon

July 11, 2003|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

shappell@herald-mail.com

A Clear Spring man was rushed to the hospital Thursday by helicopter after being trapped under a piece of farm equipment, according to an emergency services dispatcher.

Members of the Clear Spring Volunteer Fire Department and the Clear Spring Ambulance Club Inc. were dispatched to a farm property in the 13500 block of Spickler Road at 4 p.m. after a farmer was injured, the dispatcher said.

The dispatcher said Tim Barnhart, 38, was trapped under a piece of farming equipment and suffering from apparent injuries to his chest and legs.

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Barnhart was flown by Maryland State Police helicopter to Washington County Hospital, the dispatcher said.

A hospital spokeswoman said Barnhart's condition was not available.

Barnhart's father, Ernest Barnhart, said he became concerned when his son was conspicuously absent from one of the afternoon jobs.

"He wasn't here at milking time, and that is unusual," Ernest Barnhart said.

Ernest Barnhart said he found his son trapped under a wagon after he apparently moved to dodge an oncoming tractor that mysteriously was activated.

"He's lucky it (the corn planter tractor) did not run him over or it'd killed him," he said.

The injured Barnhart barely was able to speak but did tell his father he was having trouble breathing and moving his feet and legs, according to Ernest Barnhart.

He also said a family pet accidentally may have set the tractor in motion.

"We thought the dog (Freckles) may have done it because he was in the tractor when it happened," Barnhart said.

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