A rail car accident occurred at 2:21 a.m. this morning at the Burlington Northern Santa Fe rail yards in Wellington.
The Wellington Fire and EMS were dispatched to a reported accident involving a rail car. Upon arrival, emergency crews found a BNSF employee pinned under the rail car with critical injuries to the lower extremities, according to a written statement from the Wellington Fire Department.
Paramedics began medical care while a determination was made how to extricate the individual from under the wheels of the rail car.
BNSF employee Blaine Zeka was instrumental in assisting with the 45-minute extrication.
The patient, who has not been identified by authorities pending the notification of all his family members, was transported to Sumner Regional Medical Center helipad for transport by Eagle Med Helicopter to Via Christi on St. Francis Hospital in Wichita.
He is listed in critical condition.