Washington man sucked into wood chipper, survives
Washington man sucked into wood chipper, survives: report
1.30.2014, 10:31 AMKOMO
Frank Arce is lucky to be alive after he was pulled into a wood chipper at his workplace in Longview, Wash. A tattoo across his chest reads, ‘Send me an angel.’
A Washington state man is recovering in a hospital after he was sucked into a wood chipper during a freak accident at work.
Frank Arce, of Longview, thought the industrial wood chipper at Swanson Bark and Wood Products Co., where he works, was shut off when he climbed in to retrieve something that had jammed it, local KATU-TV reported.
The machine turned on and Arce was pulled in and nearly ground into human sausage, he told the station from his hospital bed.
“Actually going through the machine itself wasn’t the worst part about it,” he said. “(The worst part was) the not knowing what was going to happen.”
He added, “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.”
Arce suffered a broken hip, a broken leg, a collapsed lung and several other injuries in the accident.
Somehow, Arce came out of the ordeal alive.
He suffered seven broken ribs, a collapsed lung, a broken hip, a broken leg, a bruised liver and several cuts and gashes.
He’s was expected to spend at least two more weeks at PeaceHealth SW Washington Medical Center in Vancouver, the station reported.
Swanson Bark and Wood Products is paying his medical bills.
He told KATU-TV he was feeling okay after a “rough couple days.”
“I felt I had a lot of angels out there with me that day, a lot of people looking out for me,” he told the station.