Area woman injured at waste station

Published 11:16 am Monday, March 16, 2009

A rural Austin woman suffered a fall at the waste transfer station Saturday, while unloading debris from her pickup truck.

According to a Mower County Sheriff’s Office report, the woman, of rural Austin, visited the transfer station located outside the Austin city limits near 2 p.m. Saturday,

She told an investigator she dropped the tailgate of her pickup truck after backing the vehicle near the pit area of the transfer station.

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Then, she apparently tripped and fell 10-feet into the pit where debris is collected and compacted.

A Waste Management employee was on duty at the time and came to her rescue.

The woman was taken to Austin Medical Center – Mayo Health System by a Gold Cross Ambulance Service crew.

She suffered a cut to the back of her head, requiring staples and bruises to her body.

According to the report, the victim visited the Austin – Mower County Law Enforcement Center later Saturday afternoon to report the incident.

The transfer station is located east of the Austin Municipal Airport.

No criminal charges have been filed, but a Mower County Sheriff’s Office deputy said the incident could be investigated for a possible safety violation.