Washington man survives trip through wood chipper

"I felt I had a lot of angels out there with me that day -- a lot of people looking out for me," man says.
By Evan Bleier Follow @itishowitis Contact the Author   |   Jan. 30, 2014 at 2:16 PM

VANCOUVER, Wash., Jan. 30 (UPI) -- A Washington man who went through a wood chipper while he was working at Swanson Bark and Wood Products somehow lived to tell the tale.

Frank Arce survived his 10 seconds in the machine and stayed conscious the entire time, KATU reported.

"Actually going through the machine itself wasn't the worst part about it," Arce said. "What was the worst part (was) the not knowing what was going to happen."

The machine’s spikes and claws pulled Arce in when he was trying to retrieve something that had gotten stuck, and someone mistakenly turned the chipper on.

He is at PeaceHealth Southwest Washington Medical Center receiving treatment for a broken pelvis, shattered ankle, bruised liver, broken leg and a deep, body-length cut.

Swanson Bark is paying 100 percent of Arce's medical bills.

"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 said. "I felt I had a lot of angels out there with me that day -- a lot of people looking out for me."

The Washington Bureau of Labor and Industries is investigating the incident.


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