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Farmworker’s leg gets trapped in beet harvesting machine

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Photo: Forest Grove Fire & Rescue Photo: Forest Grove Fire & Rescue
Photo: Forest Grove Fire & Rescue Photo: Forest Grove Fire & Rescue
Photo: Forest Grove Fire & Rescue Photo: Forest Grove Fire & Rescue
FOREST GROVE, OR (KPTV) -

A farmworker's leg became trapped in a beet harvesting machine in Forest Grove Thursday.

It happened around 3:30 p.m. on Southwest Stringtown Road.

Firefighters said the machine has a conveyor belt used for picking up beets off the ground. The man's leg was trapped up to his knee.

Firefighters said the machine had become clogged with beets and dirt. The worker jumped to the top of the harvester and slipped. His foot and leg then became tangled and trapped in the conveyor belt.

When firefighters arrived, the other workers were using large tools to try and keep the working parts off the trapped man's legs.

Life Flight was not called to the scene, but firefighters said it appeared the man's leg was crushed. By shortly after 4 p.m., they had freed him from the machine using hydraulic tools, typically used at car crash scenes.

His injuries were described as serious, but not life-threatening. He was conscious, alert and talking during the whole ordeal.

The man is believed to be in his 40s.

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