Hand mangled in snow blower
Authorities report no severe road accidents in the season's first snow December 16, but one sidewalk accident appears serious. The casualty was a man clearing snow at Midway Manor on Ridge Street. He reached in to unclog the snow blower and ended up with his hand stuck.
Midway Manor is across the street from the fire station, and Captain Jay Davis was able to reverse the gears on the blower to create enough of an opening to get the man's hand out, says Charlottesville Fire Chief Charles Werner.
The man was taken to UVA Medical Center. "He was pretty seriously injured," says Werner. "His fingers were significantly disfigured."
Werner warns against reaching into a snow blower–- or any other machinery that's running–- and suggests that if the blower becomes clogged, to cut it off before trying to clear it out. "Hands can get stuck in anything," says Werner.