Mars worker lost leg in accident
While the Daily News is still awaiting official word from Mars Petcare, some further details on the accident shortly after noon Tuesday at the plant in south Clinton have been obtained from Clinton Fire Chief Randy Carpenter.
An unidentified male worker who resides in Elk City apparently stepped into an auger. Carpenter believes a cover on the auger either came loose or was displaced. A spokesman with Mars said Wednesday morning that the cause of the accident was “still under investigation.” Mars has not released the identity or age of the accident victim.
Carpenter said the man’s leg was amputated as a result of the accident, but that the emergency medical crews on the scene were quick and efficient in applying a tourniquet to stem the blood flow.
They kept the accident victim from losing too much blood, and Carpenter said the man was stable when he was loaded into the helicopter with a “good, strong blood pressure.”