Trapped Nebraska farmer cuts off leg with pen knife

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The inside of the auger is formed like a screw and twists to drag up grain

A Nebraska farmer has sawed off his personal leg with a pen knife after changing into trapped in farming tools.

Kurt Kaser, 63, was transferring grain from one silo to a different when he was pulled into an auger – a tube with an inside formed like a screw.

He was pressured to chop off his decrease leg with a 3in (7.6cm) pen knife and crawl to the closest telephone for assist.

The farmer spent weeks in hospital and rehabilitation earlier than returning dwelling to Pender close to the Iowa border on Friday.

“I did not don’t have any different alternative,” Mr Kaser informed broadcaster ABC Information.

The farmer was working alone on his 1,500-acre (607-hectare) property on 19 April when the accident occurred.

Unable to search out his telephone to name for assist, Mr Kaser watched because the machine tore his foot off and mangled his decrease leg because it pulled him additional inside.

The farmer then took out his pen knife and reduce off what remained of his limb beneath the knee.

“The bone caught out right down to my ankle,” informed Omaha World-Herald. “That is what I used to be hanging onto as I used to be attempting to get myself out.”

As soon as free, Mr Kaser crawled lots of of toes to the closest telephone and referred to as his son, who picked him up and drove him into city. He was then flown to the state capital Lincoln for therapy.

Mr Kaser stated he had eliminated a security protecting on the finish of the auger within the winter to make the tools match underneath a grain bin, and informed ABC Information he was “sort of disenchanted in myself that I did not consider fixing that factor”.

“However that is why they name it accidents I assume.”

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