Metro-East News

Man airlifted to hospital after New Athens farming accident

A man was badly injured after a farming accident in New Athens on Monday afternoon.

The St. Clair Sheriff's Department was sent to a possible explosion in the 2900 block of Klein School Road in New Athens, where they found a 54-year-old man with a head injury.

The man was working on farm equipment in the field, a disc plow attached to a anhydrous pull behind tank, when a high pressure hose failed on the plow and knocked the man back, according to a news release.

There was no explosion. The man was airlifted to a St. Louis-area hospital, and police said they did not know the extent of his injuries.