Farmer crushed between his tractor and a pickup is now walkingFargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- We first brought you this story back in January, when a Pelican Rapids farmer was crushed between his tractor and a pickup. 6-months later, he's up and walking, but not without restrictions.
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- We first brought you this story back in January, when a Pelican Rapids farmer was crushed between his tractor and a pickup. 6-months later, he's up and walking, but not without restrictions.
It takes strength, time and definitely a certain breed,
Travis Tollerud-Injured Farmer: "First things I remember in life are riding with my grandpa."
To be a farmer. There isn't much they can't handle. The hours, the weather, not even a near death accident.
Tollerud: "Broken pelvis in four spots."
Can keep this one from his field.
Tollerud: "Getting better on what you can do and doing more and more."
Travis Tollerud's come pretty far.
Tollerud: "Life would be fine if I couldn't farm but honestly, I haven't spent time thinking about it."
But it's the Farm Rescue team that's carrying him to the finish.
Kenneth Chyle-Farm Rescue: "He's still got a ways to go yet."
Kenneth Chyle - hails from Kentucky. A retired farmer, now a helping hand for Farm Rescue. Years ago, Chyle found himself in the same situation. Two broken ankles, and only hope and friends to get him back on his feet.
Chyle:"This is my way of giving back. Part of it."
From sun up til sun down - he'll spend it planting and not for profit.
Tollerud:"It's been a huge relief."
300 acres of soybeans, in under a day.
Tollerud: "It's just taken pressure off. I mean we've still been trying to do as much as we can do. But, because I'm limited, I'm moving slower than normal."
And by the time the beans are popping up, this farmer will have grown his strength back too.
Doctors say it could take up to a year until Tollerud is completely recovered.