Danube man airlifted for serious injuries from falling 15 feet from bucket of skid loader

A man identified as 66-year-old William Voelz was airlifted to a trauma center Thursday for serious injuries after falling 15 feet and landing on his neck.

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DANUBE — A 66-year-old man from Danube was airlifted to a trauma center for treatment after falling 15 feet from a bucket of a skid loader.

In a news release, Renville County Sheriff Scott Hable said the Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call for an ambulance at 10:15 a.m Thursday in the 29000 block of 840th Avenue in Danube.

According to the release, 66-year-old William Voelz of Danube fell 15 feet and landed on his neck.

First responders discovered Voelz on the ground in a gravel pit next to a skid loader. Preliminary investigation revealed Voelz was standing in the bucket of a skid loader, attempting to cut down a pole. When the pole was cut, it hit Voelz, knocking him out of the bucket.

Voelz sustained serious injuries from the fall, and was flown to a trauma center. The release did not list or specify the name of the trauma center.


The Renville County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Olivia Ambulance Service, Danube Fire and Rescue, and Life Link III.

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