Worker Freed From Machinery At Local Fertilizer Plant

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BARTLETT (November 18, 2013) A worker who became entangled in an auger Monday morning at the American Plant Food Corporation in Bartlett was flown to a local hospital after rescuers freed him from the machinery.

(Photo by Ben Griffin)

Temple Fire & Rescue spokesman Thomas Pechal said a rescue truck was dispatched just after 10 a.m. to the fertilizer plant at 9901 Texas Highway 95.

Pechal said the initial report was that a worker was trapped or entangled in the auger and would have to be extricated.

Pechal said crews from Bartlett Fire Department were also on scene.

An employee at the plant confirmed that crews were on scene, but could not confirm any other details.

Fire department radio traffic indicated that the worker was freed from the machinery at around 10:45 a.m. and that a surgical team that was en route to the plant would not be needed to assist in the effort.

The injured worker, whose name wasn't immediately released, was flown to Scott & White Hospital in Temple, but is expected to survive, Williamson County EMS Commander Kevin Krienke said.