Man gets caught in wood chipper — and lives

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Frank Arce says getting stuck in the wood chipper wasn’t the worst part.

“What was the worst part (was) the not knowing what was going to happen,” the Vancouver, Wash. man told KATU News.

Arce, who works for a company that shreds bark into wood chips, was going in to clear an obstruction in the chipper. He thought everything was turned off, but thought wrong in a big way.

He was inside the chipper alongside the spikes and claws used to shred the wood when the engine fired up.

He suffered numerous injuries, including a shattered ankle, seven broken ribs, a broken pelvis, a broken leg, a bruised liver and a cut that runs the length of his body that also crushed his knee.

“There was a thought (that I was going to die) but it was more like something was telling me I wasn’t going to die that day,” he told KATU News. “I felt I had a lot of angels out there with me that day — a lot of people looking out for me.”


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