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Worker loses leg to loose cable in St. Paul accident

Midday headlines from Nov. 2, 2022
Midday headlines from Nov. 2, 2022 01:56

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A man working in St. Paul lost his leg when he became entangled in a loose cable Wednesday.

Officers say they responded to a report of a possible pedestrian versus vehicle at the intersection of Rice Street and Geranium Avenue West shortly before noon.

Police say workers had a cable across the roadway and that vehicles were allowed to drive across the cable before installation.

Investigators say they believe the cable became caught on a passing vehicle when the worker standing near the cable got caught as the cable stretched. 

The force of the cable pulled the man into the roadway and into the side of a pick-up truck, a report says. It is believed the tension in the wire severed the man's leg around the knee. He is expected to survive.

The incident is under investigation.

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