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VIDEO: Farmer lucky to be alive after falling into feeder

NOBBY farmer Edwin Metzroth has suffered serious leg injuries after falling into a cattle feeding machine on his family 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 in the paddock, rushing to a neighbour's farm to raise the alarm.

The RACQ CareFlight helicopter and a medical team were called to the Mt Kent-Boundary Rd property after first responders witnessed the severity of Mr Metzroth's injuries.

Emergency services work to free Edwin Metzroth from a cattle feeding machine on his Nobby property.
Emergency services work to free Edwin Metzroth from a cattle feeding machine on his Nobby property. RACQ CareFlight Rescue

It took crews a little more than two hours to free the farmer from the machine before he was flown to Toowoomba Hospital.

Mr Metzroth's niece Samantha Metzroth said her uncle had suffered a cracked pelvis and was late yesterday in an induced coma awaiting leg surgery.

He sustained deep cuts from his buttock to his knee.

"He's quite lucky to be alive," Ms Metzroth said.

"The lacerations he sustained ... there's quite a lot of muscular damage there.

She said the family was grateful to emergency crews, particularly Clifton Fire and Rescue captain Pete McKenzie, who spoke to Mr Metzroth throughout his ordeal.

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

 

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