Chase County Sheriff’s deputies review the scene where a telehandler, driven by Ryan Greene, tipped over into the ditch outside Imperial last week. (Johnson Publications photo)
Ryan Greene recovering after telehandler tipped
Chase County Sheriff’s Department, EMS and the Imperial Volunteer Fire Department’s rescue unit responded to a call of a tipped over telescopic handler east of Imperial last Thursday.
The telescopic handler—also called a “telehandler”—was driven by Ryan Greene of Imperial.
Greene was driving the telehandler roughly five miles south on junk yard road when he came upon a combine traveling north, driven by Marlon Berry of Imperial.
Berry said they both slowed down and Berry went onto the shoulder to let Greene pass him.
“He had the same idea, but the telehandler is real top-heavy and the shoulder gave way,” Berry said.
The two were approximately 60 yards apart when Berry saw Greene start to tip into the ditch.
“I could see his body fly out of the deal and over it,” Berry said, “but I was far enough away that I couldn’t see whether it came down on him.”
Berry drove the last 60 yards in his combine—parking it so he would block traffic in either direction—and went to check on Greene.
Greene was face down in the ditch, Berry said.
“He didn’t respond to me but his arm moved,” he added. Berry then went back to the combine to get his phone to call 911.
When he came back to Greene, he was sitting up.
“He tried to get up but I told him, ‘you better sit back down,’” Berry said.
Greene was transported to Chase County Community Hospital where he was flown out via helicopter.
Greene returned home Monday. A report on his injuries was not available.