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Farmer seriously hurt in cattle feed mishap

Emergency services free a man trapped by his legs in a farm machine at Nobby north of Warwick.
Emergency services free a man trapped by his legs in a farm machine at Nobby north of Warwick.

NOBBY farmer Edwin Metzroth suffered serious leg injuries after falling into a cattle feeding machine on his Nobby property.

Mr Metzroth was dispersing silage with his brother Ivan when his legs became trapped by the machine's spikes about 10.45am yesterday.

His brother, who was driving a tractor, had to briefly leave the 68-year-old, rushing to a neighbour's farm to raise the alarm.

The RACQ CareFlight helicopter and a medical team were called after first responders witnessed the severity of Mr Metzroth's injuries. It took crews more than two hours to free the farmer from the machine before he was flown to Toowoomba Hospital.

Niece Samantha Metzroth late yesterday said her uncle may not have suffered any broken bones, despite severe cuts to his legs.

"It appears, miraculously, that he hasn't broken his legs," she said. "There was quite a lot of blood loss but it managed to avoid major arteries."

Workplace Health and Safety officials and police forensic crash unit officers were called to investigate.

Mr Metzroth was yesterday listed as being in a serious condition in Toowoomba Hospital.

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