Man loses arm in Claypool mowing accident

By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email

A mowing accident led to serious injuries for a Kosciusko County man on Monday.

Bill L. Linn, 59, had reportedly been using what's called a bush hog on a farm in Claypool.

According to the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department, Linn had started the tractor that was in gear, along with the P.T.O. gear that operates the mowing deck unit.

The tractor had lunged forward, striking a barn and pickup truck, as well as severing Linn’s arm completely off.

Linn’s son ran to the location and immediately applied a tourniquet to his father’s arm, potentially saving his father’s life, according to Multi-Township E.M.S. paramedics.

Emergency crews were immediately called to the 7700 block of South County Road 300 East. Linn was transported to Fort Wayne by helicopter, in critical condition due to blood loss.



The full media release from the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department:

A Claypool man is in a Fort Wayne hospital after his arm was amputated Monday afternoon in southern Kosciusko County.

Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department Deputies and emergency personnel responded Monday at approximately 1:18 p.m. to the location of 7710 South, County Road 300 East, after receiving a 9-1-1 call of a farm accident. Responders arrived and discovered that the property owner, Bill L. Linn, 59, had his left arm amputated from just above the elbow. Linn was immediately transferred from the scene by Lutheran Air Helicopter to the Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, in critical condition due to blood loss.

The initial investigation determined that Linn had gone out to work on the tractor according to family members. Linn had started the tractor that subsequently was in gear, along with the P.T.O. gear that operates the mowing deck unit. The tractor had lunged forward, striking a barn & pickup truck, as well as severing Linn’s arm completely off. Linn’s son ran to the location and immediately applied a tourniquet to his father’s arm, potentially saving his father’s life, according to Multi-Township E.M.S. paramedics.

Also assisting at the scene were members of the Sidney/Jackson Township Fire Department. Linn is still listed in critical condition this morning at Lutheran Hospital.


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