Surgeons almost had to amputate the arm of an upstate New York waste disposal worker 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.
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