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Logger Cuts Off Toes To Escape

MONTROSE, Colo., Aug. 31 (UPI) — A Colorado logger says he cut off all the toes on his right foot to free himself after they became pinned under nearly 6 tons of machinery.

John Hutt, 61, of Montrose said he was standing on the rear axle of a tractor-trailer with a hydraulic arm and detachable trailer Aug. 19 when he released the trailer to load a pile of fallen aspen trees in wilderness near Placerville, The (Grand Junction, Colo.) Daily Sentinel reported.

Hutt said the trailer slipped and pinned his foot against the axle.

He screamed in pain, felt throbbing in his leg and when he tried to move his foot, it hurt more.

He said he realized it’d likely be dark before anybody would look for him, noticed his foot swelling and feared he could go into shock, pass out or fall.

So he severed his toes from the machinery with a 3-inch pocketknife.

“I thought, ‘All right, you might as well cut this thing off. It’s the only way out.’ If I pass out and go into shock, I’m done, and if I drop this pocketknife, I’m done,” Hutt said.

He wrapped his T-shirt around his foot and used electrical to tape it.

At a Montrose hospital, doctors said they couldn’t reattach his toes and stitched his foot.

“My son joked that I don’t have to worry about stubbing my toes anymore,” Hutt said, laughing.

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