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Columbus man injured in accident

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A Columbus man was seriously injured in a tractor accident Saturday when the front bucket of the vehicle lurched into his leg.

Curtis Lucas, 47, of Columbus, was flown by Lifeline helicopter to University of Louisville Hospital following the accident at 1:39 p.m., said Maj. Todd Noblitt, spokesman for the Bartholomew County Sheriff Department. Lucas is listed in stable condition, according to hospital officials.

Lucas was working with two other men in the 7100S block of County Road 900 East using the tractor to move small boulders and rocks used in drainage systems, according to the accident report.

Shannon Burkman, 38, of Bartholomew County, was operating the tractor when his foot slipped off the clutch, causing the tractor and its front bucket to lurch forward into Lucas’ leg, Noblitt said. The bucket pinned Lucas’ other leg into rocks that were already unloaded, according to the accident report.

Lucas was thought to have suffered a compound fracture to one of his legs, Noblitt said. A tourniquet was applied at the scene before Lucas was transported to the hospital.

Sheriff department Sgt. T.A. Smith was the investigating officer at the scene. Elizabethtown volunteer firefighters, Columbus Township firefighters, Columbus firefighters and Lifeline were at the scene.

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