ELYRIA, Ohio - A man in Elyria was flown to the hospital by medical helicopter around 8:45 Thursday morning after emergency crews extracted him from a piece of machinery that trapped him in a hole.
The man was trapped in the 10-foot hole by the equipment at the Elyria Foundry, and had to be extracted by fire crews, according to the Elyria Fire Department.
According to a statement from Elyria Foundry, "Production in that area of the plant was halted and emergency responders were immediately called to the facility. After being stabilized on site, our associate was transported to MetroHealth Medical Center."
The process to extract him took more than 30 minutes, and he was removed around 8:30 a.m. A medical helicopter then transported him to a local hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries, according to emergency personnel.
The man's arm suffered serious damage, as the machine had his arm pinned. Firefighters used hydrolic lifts and airbags to remove him from the hole.
His name has not yet been released.
Elyria Foundry also said "At present, we are in the process of thoroughly investigating the accident to determine what happened so we can take the appropriate steps to ensure this never happens again. Elyria Foundry has always been, and continues to be, very concerned about the safety of its employees. Our employees are our family and we are deeply saddened that one of them has been injured. Our thoughts and prayers go out to our fellow associate and his family."