Thursday, January 30, 2014

Man Survives Going Through Wood Chipper!

(Photo from my lovely town's visitor center)

"It was 10 seconds of hell for Frank Arce, who should've died after he went through a wood chipper.

"Actually going through the machine itself wasn't the worst part about it," he said Wednesday from his hospital bed at PeaceHealth SW Washington Medical Center. "What was the worst part (was) the not knowing what was going to happen."

Arce was conscious the entire time.

Arce works at a company that shreds up bark into wood chips.

When something got stuck inside the machine, he went in thinking everything was turned off – just like they practice – to get the object. But somebody didn't get the message, and Arce was inside the barrel – about the diameter of a basketball – that has spikes and claws when he heard the engine start up.

He was smiling and cracking jokes Wednesday, but Arce has a broken pelvis, shattered ankle, bruised liver, broken leg and a cut that runs the length of his body on the back side that's so deep it crushed his knee.

He's on a lot of pain medication right now."

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