Man napping in Mont. cornfield run over by combine

BILLINGS, Mont. – Yellowstone County deputies say a man is lucky to be alive after being run over by a combine while taking a nap in a cornfield on the west end of Billings.

The 57-year-old man told officers he was traveling through Billings on the bus and had been walking along Grand Avenue when he decided to take a rest.

“He said that he stepped off the busy road and about three rows of corn into the field,” said sheriff’s Lt. Kent O’Donnell. “He said he didn’t have intentions of sleeping, but fell asleep anyway.”

The landowner had just begun harvesting Wednesday afternoon when the combine hit something.

“The farmer thought he had driven over a fence post or an irrigation pipe, but once he turned the machine off, he could hear a man screaming,” O’Donnell said.

The man’s clothing was caught in the combine and sucked into the cutter. Emergency responders were able to disconnect the equipment and manually turn the auger and blades backward to release the man, whose name was not released. He suffered cuts that required stitches, and he may need some skin grafts.

“For this situation, the man is incredibly lucky to be alive,” O’Donnell said. “And that’s about all you can say about that.”


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