Fundraiser Begins for Franklin County Farm Worker


A fundraiser was organized for a woman who had her legs stuck in an auger.


A Franklin County farm worker lost both of his legs after being caught in equipment at a dairy last week.

His friends have posted an update on the accident and are asking for help with his medical bills.

“Teresa is a wonderful girl who deserves to have a happy life. Please consider helping with whatever you can, ”said the GoFundMe campaign organized by Samuel Cossio.

The woman was working at Bengen Farms near an auger used to feed livestock when she was trapped on September 21.

Washington State Labor and Industries sent inspectors to the farm after the crash, an agency spokeswoman confirmed.

Teresa was working near the machinery when one of her legs got caught in the metal corkscrew. By the time the workers were able to turn off the machine, both of her legs were tangled.

Franklin County 3 Fire District Chief Mike Harris told the Tri-City Herald it was one of the most complex industrial rescues his team had to perform.

The hole is slightly larger than the metal auger, so rescuers couldn’t just reverse the direction of the machine without injuring it even more.

Instead, they removed all of the equipment from the hole, but cut off the bottom of the auger to remove it while trying not to ignite the dry and powdery feed.

They were hampered by the remoteness of the farm and their need to work quickly to free it, Harris said at the time.

After 45 minutes, they were able to take her in a Life Flight emergency helicopter to the Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland. His current status was not immediately available on Friday.

The GoFundMe campaign raised nearly $ 11,000 as of Friday. The goal has been set at $ 50,000.

This story was originally published October 1, 2021 at 12:21 pm.

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Cameron Probert covers the latest news and education for the Tri-City Herald, where he tries to answer readers’ questions about why the police and firefighters are in your neighborhood. He studied communication at Washington State University.

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