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Around 9 a.m. ET, two street workers saw a man walking on Maple Street in Lewiston, Maine, carrying his own severed arm, according to Maine authorities. Fortunately, the street workers were both trained in the proper use of tourniquets. His arm was severed at the shoulder.
Director of Lewiston Public Works Mary Ann Brenchick stated:
“It had to be divine intervention because two of my best guys just happened to be there sanding sidewalks. It couldn’t have been better guys for this kind of situation.
The Lewiston Sun Journal reported that the man’s arm was severed in a workplace accident on Friday.
The men from the public works crew probably saved the man’s life by properly applying a tourniquet while waiting for an ambulance to arrive, reported Lewiston Police Lt. Derek St. Laurent.
The man with the severed arm left a blood trail investigators followed back to his place of business, AK Market located at 280 Park Street. Workers there said he had been using a band saw when the accident occurred. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was informed.
The man with the severed arm was taken to Central Maine Medical Center where he is expected to recover from surgery, however, it was not clear if they were able to reattach his arm. His name has not been released.
The circumstances surrounding the accident are being investigated.
Written by Jeanette Vietti
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Lewiston Sun Journal: Lewiston Public Works, police come to aid of man with severed arm
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