Farmer saws off own leg after becoming caught in machinery

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By Tom Gillespie, news reporter

A farmer had to saw off his own leg with a pocket knife after he became stuck in a piece of machinery.

Kurt Kaser, from Nebraska, was unloading corn before he climbed out of his truck and accidentally stepped on the opening of a grain auger.

The equipment is used to transport grain and has a part inside resembling a large drill-bit.

Mr Kaser said he became caught as the device pulled at his leg, tearing away skin, muscle and tissue.

The farmer, who lives in the village of Pender, told ABC News: "I stepped right in the damn thing. It grabbed hold of me.

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"I can remember seeing it start and I go, 'this ain't good'.

"And then when my foot was in the there banging around, I was trying to hold my leg, pulling it out, and I said, 'This is not good'."

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Image: Mr Kaser got his leg stuck in this red grain auger. Pic: ABC News
Mr Kaser stepped into a grain auger on his farm in Pender, Nebraska. Pic: ABC News
Image: Mr Kaser stepped into the equipment on his farm in Pender, Nebraska. Pic: ABC News

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Mr Kaser, who didn't have his mobile with him, said there was no one around to help and he didn't know if somebody would come.

He also feared he might pass out as the machine pulled on his leg.

Mr Kaser continued: "I about gave up and said, 'Whatever happens happens. If it sucks me in all the way, it's over with'.

"But then, all at once, I thought of my pocket knife."

The farmer said at one point he nearly dropped the three to four-inch blade into the auger, but once he had a good grip he started sawing off his leg about eight inches below the knee.

Mr Kaser said he doesn't remember experiencing much pain and he didn't notice a lot of blood.

He continued: "Adrenaline kicked in so much that I don't know if it hurt or not."

Mr Kaser stepped out of his truck and in the auger before his leg became stuck. Pic: ABC News
Image: Mr Kaser stepped out of his truck and into the auger before his leg became stuck. Pic: ABC News

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