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Colorado logger cuts off toes after foot is pinned

Sep 2, 2011 9:10:00 AM - thestate.com
Jon Hutt was doing logging work all alone in a remote Colorado forest when his six-ton trailer fell onto his right foot.

The pain was excruciating, no one was around to hear his cries for help and he couldn't free himself from the big piece of equipment. So he pulled out his 3-inch pocket knife and cut off his toes to get free.

"It hurt so bad," the 61-year-old Hutt said, "I would cut for a while and then I had to rest."

Hutt then climbed into his semi tractor-trailer, his foot wrapped in a shirt, and began driving for help. Hutt's ordeal was first reported in the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel.

Hutt, who runs a crane business and does logging "for fun," had gone into the woods by himself on Aug. 19 to retrieve a pile of fallen aspen trees to cut for winter firewood. A trailer that was attached to his truck slipped and landed on his foot.

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