Close Call For NY Man Trapped In Garbage Compactor

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garbage-compactorSurgeons almost had to amputate the arm of New York man to free him from the grip of a garbage truck compactor. The 49-year-old Geneva man was trapped for three hours Friday when his arm became wedged in the compactor’s steel jaws.

For a time, things looked so grim that two trauma surgeons and an anesthesiologist were flown to the accident scene in Farmington for a possible amputation.

Rescuers were finally able to free the man using cutting torches.

The victim was being treated at a hospital in Rochester.

The flame of a cutting torch can reach temperatures of over 6,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

{Examiner/Noam Newscenter}



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