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Saturday, May 25, 2024

Farm accident severely injures Windom man

Just after 3 p.m. on Sunday, emergency workers were called to a serious farm accident a few miles north of Windom at a grain bin. Minutes later, 30-year-old Travis Muller of Windom was rushed by air ambulance to the Twin Cities with severe leg injuries that required two amputations near the knees.

Muller has a wife, Jasmine, and an infant daughter, Shaylie. On Sunday night, Jasmine created a CaringBridge page for friends and family to offer prayers and support, and to follow the care process and recovery of Travis.

She deeply thanked people for their care and concern, and said she realizes there is a long journey ahead, but expressed gratitude that Travis is still alive.

Early Monday morning, Jasmine wrote, “We love him, and I thank God he is with us to see our little girl grow up and create beautiful memories.”

Heroic response

Deputies first responded to a 911 call on Sunday reporting that a man was working in a grain bin and got caught up in the power sweep auger. Sweep augers bring grain from the farthest reaches of a bin toward the main outlet augers that might fill a truck or wagon.

First responders and the Windom Ambulance were called to the scene and worked to get Muller free of the accident and onto a helicopter.

Tim Hacker was part of the EMS team and he gave credit to family members who bravely worked with Travis at the accident site.

“Wayne and Jordan are my heroes,” said Hacker. “They took quick actions and should be recognized for that.”

A GoFundMe campaign hosted by the family has raised $55,000 as of Tuesday afternoon. To donate to the Muller family and Travis’s recovery, please visit gofundme.com.

For more details on this story, please see the Sept. 27 edition of the Citizen.

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