BADGER - A man was injured when he was apparently run over by a tractor Friday at his farm.
Jerry Warehime, of rural Badger, was hurt late Friday afternoon while he was working on a tractor at his home at 2223 120th St., northwest of Fort Dodge, according to Webster County Sheriff's Deputy Rod Strait.
No one witnessed the incident, but Warehime's wife was home and called authorities and neighors.
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Jerry Warehime was apparently run over by this tractor at his rural Badger home. The tractor hit a propane tank and ran into a tree, then continued to spin and dug a hole with its left wheel.
One of those neighbors, Lynn Schreiber, said he guessed Warehime was trying to jump start the International Harvester 986 when it suddenly began moving. A battery charger and bucket of oil were crushed by the tractor. They were lying on the ground a few yards from where the tractor stopped when it hit a tree.
Strait and another neighbor, Glen Christensen, said the tractor's dual rear wheels apparently straddled Warehime's body as it traveled over him.
The tractor then crashed into a dumpster and a liquid propane tank before hitting the tree where it dug a deep hole under its spinning tires.
Warehime was taken to Trinity Regional Medical Center with what Strait said were serious injuries.
"You could see the marks on his head," Christensen said. Warehime's wife found Warehime stretched out on the ground, he said.
Schreiber and Christensen reached the farm about the same time as the Badger Fire Rescue Unit.
"That's what neighbors are for," Schreiber said.
Strait said the impact of the tractor somehow ruptured the propane tank. Christensen was able to shut it off.
"I was lucky enough to have a large wrench," Christensen said.
Warehime's condition was not available Friday night.
Trinity Regional EMS also responded to the scene.