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    Logger cuts off toes after his foot gets pinned

    A 61-year-old retired logger feared he might die alone in a remote Colorado forest after his right foot was pinned under his six-ton trailer. With few choices, he used a 3-inch pocket knife to cut off all five toes to get free.
    "It hurt so bad," Jon Hutt said, "I would cut for a while and then I had to rest."
    Hutt then climbed into his semi tractor-trailer, his foot wrapped in a shirt, and began driving for help. Hutt's ordeal was first reported in the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (Man cuts off toes to escape | GJSentinel.com ).

    Hutt had gone into the woods by himself on Aug. 19 to retrieve a pile of fallen aspen trees to cut for winter firewood. A trailer that was attached to his truck slipped and landed on his foot.
    He told The Associated Press that he began cutting off his toes about 30 minutes later when he realized no one could hear his cries for help. Hutt said he couldn't reach his cell phone, which was in his pickup and out of range anyway.




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    Don't get me wrong, the guy sounds like a bad ass. He cut his damn toes off. That's gotta be rough, regardless of the circumstances. But with that said....wouldn't you have waited more than 30 minutes?
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    I think I would have waited quite a while. WAY more than 30 minutes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmur5074 View Post


    Don't get me wrong, the guy sounds like a bad ass. He cut his damn toes off. That's gotta be rough, regardless of the circumstances. But with that said....wouldn't you have waited more than 30 minutes?
    Depends on how much water and food was available, and the probability that help would come before he dehydrated. I would have done the same as him if I had no food or water and felt it was unlikely that help would arrive before I started to dehydrate. The weaker he got, the less likely he was to be able to have the strength to cut off his toes and then get help.

    On the other hand, the article did say

    Hutt told his wife he would be back in several hours, but he did not know when she might start searching for him
    But it would still depend on whether his wife was likely to start searching for as soon as she realized he was back, or whether she would wait for days before searching for him. Who knows, maybe she's an extreme optimist who never worries that anything bad might have happened even if her husband is gone for days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenna View Post


    But it would still depend on whether his wife was likely to start searching for as soon as she realized he was back, or whether she would wait for days before searching for him. Who knows, maybe she's an extreme optimist who never worries that anything bad might have happened even if her husband is gone for days.

    Or maybe she has a large insurance policy on his butt .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain America View Post
    Or maybe she has a large insurance policy on his butt .
    Or his toes....

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    OUCH!!!

    I bet he'll always have his cell phone in his pocket from now on.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Buttercup View Post
    OUCH!!!

    I bet he'll always have his cell phone in his pocket from now on.
    No need. His toes will never be trapped again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buttercup View Post
    OUCH!!!

    I bet he'll always have his cell phone in his pocket from now on.

    That or bring someone along when he's logging.


    A fire chief in a nearby city was killed last month when he was logging by himself and was crushed by a tree. No one knew about it until someone came looking for him a few hours later.
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    How long were this guys toes?? He's in the woods, so presumably his foot is on bare ground or maybe a part of a downed tree. Even if my big toe is pinned, to have enough room to get a knife in there it couldn't have been stuck by much. If it's on the dirt, dig? If it's on a part of a tree, whittle?

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    Quote Originally Posted by luckyme View Post
    How long were this guys toes?? He's in the woods, so presumably his foot is on bare ground or maybe a part of a downed tree. Even if my big toe is pinned, to have enough room to get a knife in there it couldn't have been stuck by much. If it's on the dirt, dig? If it's on a part of a tree, whittle?
    No kidding. I was wondering if maybe he made it up to cover a bad slip with the ax.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenna View Post
    who never worries that anything bad might have happened even if her husband is gone for days.
    If your husband tells you he'll be back in a couple of hours and is gone for days...Trust me, one way or another...something bad happened. or is going too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenna View Post
    Depends on how much water and food was available, and the probability that help would come before he dehydrated >snip<
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    When I go somewhere my standard line is "I'll be back afterwhile." Unfortunately my wife knows this can be an hour or 5 hours, depending on what I'm doing. She might not worry until about 6-7 hrs LOL.

    I can just see this guy telling the story "So there I was, stuck! No way out until I remembered my old trusty pocket knife. I took that sucker out and just started sawing..." "Why didn't you just dig the ground out underneath your toes?" "Umm, huh? well ah... hmmm,,, DANG IT!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacLean View Post
    You'd die before you could arrive at a decision.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cidp24 View Post
    I think I would have waited quite a while. WAY more than 30 minutes.
    Even if I knew the toes were probably goners... I'd have waited. First, we had a guy, through massive miscommunication and too many folks giving direction, have something like a salt spreader attachment for a dump truck or the like dropped on his hand. Mushed his fingers but good; most of us thought he'd lose 'em. Nope. The docs put the pieces back together, sewed up his hand, and sent him home. He's still got the fingers -- and can use 'em.

    Second... if the toes are gonna have to go, I'd rather let the docs take 'em off in a sterile operating room than do it myself. This guy's situation wasn't near as bad as the climber who took his own arm off -- at least not yet.
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    I can't help but wonder if steel toed boots or shoes might have saved him. Since he is a logger he "should" be familiar with that type of footwear.


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