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Minn. man suffers leg amputations after being trapped in grain bin auger

Travis Muller was cleaning out the bin when he became caught in the power sweep auger


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WINDOM, Minn. — A Windom man was severely injured Sunday, Sept. 24, after his legs got caught in a power sweep auger of a grain bin.

Travis Muller, 30, was cleaning out a grain bin when his legs got caught up in the power sweep auger.

At approximately 3:06 p.m., Cottonwood County Dispatch received a 911 call about the incident. First responders removed him from the auger when they arrived.

Muller was airlifted to the Twin Cities with severe injuries to his legs. According to his CaringBridge page, he underwent surgery at North Memorial Trauma One Center in Robbinsdale.

Due to the severity of the injuries, Muller’s legs were amputated — one just above the knee and one below the knee, the CaringBridge post said. However, doctors are concerned that the significant amount of dirt and corn found in his legs may lead to infection. It is possible further amputation may be required for the best chance at prosthetic outcomes.

Doctors additionally stated that had Muller remained entangled in the equipment just a few seconds longer, he likely wouldn’t have survived.

A GoFundMe campaign hosted by the family had raised $32,910 as of Monday afternoon. To donate to the Muller family and Travis’s recovery, visit

Assisting at the scene of Sunday’s farm accident were the Windom Fire Department, Windom Ambulance, Jeffers First Responders, North Memorial Air Ambulance, Minnesota State Patrol and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

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