Carroll County farmer hurt when combine falls on him

Accident occurs during repair of harvester

November 12, 1999|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A well-known New Windsor grain and beef farmer was seriously injured at a northwest Carroll County farm yesterday when the front end of a combine he was repairing struck his head and upper torso, state police said.

Melvin E. Baile Jr., 38, of the 1800 block of Old New Windsor Pike was flown by state police MedEvac helicopter to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was in serious condition last night, a hospital official said.

Baile is a member of the county planning and zoning commission.

Police said Baile, working on a farm west of Westminster, was under the combine -- a machine that harvests grain -- and reattaching a wire when the front mechanism that picks up grain fell on him.

He managed to get out from under the combine and drive it to the Charlie Shriver Farm on Ruth Shriver Road, where he used a cellular telephone to call his wife, Joan, who called 911, police said.

A second-generation farmer, Baile owns a combine and frequently harvests grain for other farmers who don't have the acreage to make it profitable for them to have a combine.

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