Deputies: Florida man loses part of arm in a wood chipper

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Posted: Oct 13, 2015 6:17 AM

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida man who works for a tree service lost part of an arm after it got caught in a wood chipper.

Alachua County Sheriff's spokesman Art Forgey says 60-year-old Roberto Serrano of Chiefland was putting tree branches into a chipper on Monday when his arm got pulled into the machine.

The Gainesville Sun ( http://bit.ly/1hC2ql2 ) reports Serrano was able to free himself from the wood chipper, but the arm was missing from the elbow down. An ambulance was driving nearby, heard a 911 call and stopped to give him emergency aid.

Forgey says a deputy also applied a tourniquet to control bleeding.

Serrano was in stable condition when he was taken to the hospital, he adds.

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Information from: The Gainesville (Fla.) Sun, http://www.gainesvillesun.com