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Kouts man airlifted after crash with seed planter

Kouts man airlifted after crash with seed planter

BOONE TOWNSHIP — A Kouts man riding a mo-ped hit a seed planter being pulled by a farm tractor Monday and was flown to an Illinois hospital with serious leg and foot injuries, police said.

John Gildein Sr., 65, was headed east on County Road 900 South just west of County Road 150 West in rural Boone Township when he encountered a westbound red farm tractor pulling a 17-foot-wide seed planter, Porter County sheriff’s Cpl. Jamie Erow said.

Gildein ran into the seed planter, which took up the width of the road, she said.

Gildein suffered incapacitating leg and foot injuries and was taken by helicopter to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

Gary Birky, 62, of Pleasant Township, was driving the farm tractor and was not hurt in the crash, Erow said.

No citations were issued, and drugs and alcohol were not believed to be factors in the crash, she said.

Hebron and Kouts police, firefighters from Hebron, Kouts, Boone Grove and Washington Township, Porter EMS, UCAN and H&A Towing assisted, sheriff’s police said.


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