Man loses hand in farm accident

GREENFIELD — A Sugar Creek Township man cut off part of his hand in a farming accident Thursday night.

The man was working with a combine around 8 p.m. Friday in the 300 block of South County Road 300W when his hand was severed, records state.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, Sugar Creek Township Fire Department and Greenfield Fire Department personnel responded to the scene, where they were unsure at first whether the man was still trapped in the combine, officials said.

The county’s technical rescue team, which is specially trained to assist in farm-related accidents involving machinery, also was prepared to assist in case any farm equipment needed to be disassembled. The man was not trapped in the combine when they arrived.

Sheriff’s deputies applied a tourniquet to the man’s arm before fire and EMS personnel arrived on the scene, a move officials said might have saved the man’s life.

He was transported by medical helicopter to Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital, where doctors were expected to try to reattach his hand. He was in good condition when he reached the hospital, officials said.