Farm explosion severely burns onePublished 11:04am Tuesday, September 25, 2012 Updated 8:08am Wednesday, September 26, 2012
A 57-year-old man suffered life threatening injuries Monday after a tractor he and another man were working on exploded.
According to law enforcement, William Litzau, 57, of Osage, and Tresten Schaefer, 36, of Frazee, were at a farm location off County Road 128, near County Highway 5, south of Ottertail, and were using a cutting torch to dismantle a farm combine. Around 2 p.m., they used the torch to remove the straps of the combine’s fuel tank, and the fuel tank exploded, severely injuring Litzau and causing first degree burns to Schaefer’s face and neck and second degree burns to his arm.
Litzau was taken to Perham Health before being transported by air to Regions Hospital in St. Paul. Schaefer also went to Perham Health. A third man, Curt Zacharias, 35, of Richville, was on the scene at the time of the explosion and received second degree burns to his hand.