The snowmobile racing community is rallying around one of its own this week, as news broke of a serious incident involving Travis Muller.
The Windom, Minnesota, native and longtime snocross racer was seriously injured Sunday afternoon, September 24, in a farming accident.
According to accounts posted online by Travis’ wife, Jasmine, he was helping to clean out a grain bin when both of his legs got caught in the auger. Those at the scene plus responding emergency workers were able to free him and stabilize him. He was flown via helicopter to a hospital in New Ulm, Minnesota, for a blood transfusion, and then to New Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale, Minnesota, for emergency surgery.
There, Travis’ left leg needed to be amputated above the knee, and his right leg below the knee. “Many muscles, tendons, nerves, veins and arteries just gone completely and/or severed, plus multiple bone shatters,” Jasmine posted on a GoFundMe and Caring Bridge site. There was also a high risk of infection due to the dirt and corn that were ground into his injured legs.
Long a popular heart-and-soul racer who often competed as a privateer against better financed teams, Muller retired from snocross racing after the 2022 season. As of the posting time of this article, more than $55,000 has been raised on the GoFundMe page to help Travis and his family. He is 30, and he and Jasmine have a young girl.
On Monday night, September 25, Jasmine posted that Muller had regained partial consciousness but was still partially sedated and using a breathing tube. More surgeries are anticipated.
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