A 34-year-old Macon County man, survived a harrowing experience on Sunday night, May 22nd, when he was plowing a field behind 114 Hattie Street, in the vicinity of the Lafayette Municipal Airport, off old Highway 52.At the time of the farm work related incident, Corey Jenkins was driving a huge International eight wheel tractor, when a steering problem developed around 10:30 p.m. “He left the cab and went to the rear,” said Lafayette Fire Chief Keith Scruggs, “to adjust the rear steering, and he apparently unplugged or over adjusted something, which caused the rear wheels to turn, abruptly pinning him between the lift, power take off system and the wheels.”
“Luckily, Mr. Jenkins had a cell phone that he managed to reach,” noted the Chief, “and he called 911. He was obviously in a tremendous amount of pain and he had a hard time communicating with our dispatchers, but with the modern cell phone technology, we were able to quickly pinpoint his exact location.”
“Emergency personnel soon arrived at the scene and assisted in freeing and removing Mr. Jenkins from the entrapment, where his breathing was restricted. After the victim was freed, he was transported to the heli pad by the Macon County EMS, then airlifted to Vanderbilt Medical Center, in Nashville.”
“In my opinion, if Mr. Jenkins had left his cell phone at home,” Scruggs remarked, “he wouldn’t have survived the night. Operating these big machines is very dangerous and that phone was essential in preventing a tragedy.”
First responders included the Lafayette Fire Department, Lafayette Police Department, Macon County Sheriffs Department, Macon County EMS, Macon County Rescue Squad and the Macon County Chronicle.
When contacted on Monday afternoon, May 23rd, Vanderbilt spokesperson, Ashley Culver, stated that Mr. Jenkins is listed in stable condition.