Hope dentist, son, injured by livestock

HOPE – A Hope dentist and his son were injured as they were working with livestock attempting to birth a calf.

Hope firefighters and police were sent to Dr. John Harker’s home in Hope at 3:08 p.m. Friday, first responders said.

One of the cows got out of control, and pinned the dentist’s son, Benjamin Harker, who is in his mid-40s, against a wooden gate, according to Hope Town Marshal Matt Tallent. Medics at the scene said Benjamin Harker may have suffered a collapsed lung, as well as a number of broken ribs, when he was almost crushed by the cow, Tallent said.

A medical helicopter landed at the nearby Hope Masonic Lodge, and transported Benjamin Harker to IU Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

Meanwhile, Dr. John Harker, who is in his 70s, was also injured, possibly suffering a broken arm, as well as a head cut. He was transported to Columbus Regional Hospital’s emergency room, Tallent said.

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