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Valley man's leg amputated after work accident

November 21, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

BRAWLEY — A 22-year-old Imperial man working in a local feed yard had to have his left leg amputated when it became trapped in a piece of farm equipment.

Few specific details were available on the case this morning.

Imperial County Sheriff's Sgt. Manuel Avila said the man, a truck driver, was at the Foster Feed Yard in Brawley to pick up some feed.

The man's name was not released. At some point before 10 a.m., the man got his leg trapped in an auger, described as a mill device that grinds feed together.

Avila was unsure how the man got his leg in the device. He did say the device may have saved the man's life, stating that the auger placed pressure on the man's leg, preventing him from bleeding to death.

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A surgeon from Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley was called to the feed yard and the decision was made to amputate the leg.

Avila declined to release the name of the surgeon.

He did say the man's left leg was amputated at mid-thigh.

Officials at Foster Feed Yard said this morning they had no comment on the matter.

He was listed in good condition at Pioneers today.

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