Trapped Nebraska farmer cuts off leg with pen knife

Nebraska farmer cut off his leg with a pocket knife after getting stuck in a grain hopper

Kurt Kaser

Kurt Kaser made headlines after using a pocket knife to saw off his own leg following a unsafe accident with machinery on his island.

KETV reports that 63-year-old Kurt Kaser, of Pender, was unloading corn last month when he accidentally stepped on the opening of the hopper and his leg was sucked inside by a device created to deposit grain in a bin.

As he was unloading corn, his leg got caught in farm equipment and he couldn't get it out.

As his leg was being pulled in and mangled he took his three-inch pocket knife out and sawed off the limb below the knee. "I was in a hurry and didn't pay attention", he said.

"Then I felt it jerk me again and I thought I it was going to grab me again and pull me in further", Mr Kaser said.

"The bone stuck out down to my ankle", Kaser told Omaha World-Herald. Kaser said he was so used to his routine that he didn't think anything out of the ordinary would happen that day, but then he stepped out of his truck and accidentally into a grain hopper.

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This isn't the first time Kaser has had a scare like this on the farm.

A lifelong farmer is on the mend after amputating his own leg.

"Adrenaline kicked in so much that I don't know if it hurt or not", he said. "I said, 'The only way I'm getting out of here is to cut it off, ' so I just started sawing at it", he told KETV.

He's now recovering at a rehabilitation center. "You want to survive and you do what you need to do to survive, I guess". Once his leg is finished healing, he'll be fitted for a prosthetic and Kaser told CNN affiliate KETV that he'll be back to farming in no time.

He amputated the bottom part of his own leg, crawled 150 feet to the nearest phone, and remained conscious all the way to the hospital. "I didn't know what to do", he told reporters on Tuesday.

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