COMFREY - A man from Wymore, Neb., suffered severe burns to his left leg in an automobile accident on Sunday afternoon near Comfrey.
Lance F Johnson, 74, was traveling south on 400th Avenue when his 1995 Mercury Villager van left the road, struck a field approach in the east ditch, and continued south bound in the road ditch, according to information from the Brown County Sheriff's Department.
Oil or transmission fluid leaked from the van as a result of hitting the field approach, and the vehicle began to burn when it came to a stop.
Two local men, Nick Rients, rural Comfrey, and Stetson Shoen, Springfield, were working in nearby fields. They attempted to extinguish the fire and extricated the victim from the burning van after cutting the seatbelts. They then moved Johnson to a safe distance from the van.
Johnson was transported to Springfield Hospital by Springfield Ambulance, then taken by Regions Hospital burn center by North Memorial Air Ambulance.
The vehicle was a total loss. The accident occurred at 5:36 p.m. Sunday at 400th Avenue, approximately 1/2 mile north of CSAH 17.
The Comfrey Fire Department, Comfrey First Responders, Comfrey Police Department and the Brown County Sheriff's Office also responded to the scene.