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Man Survives Near-Beheading in Freak Chainsaw Accident

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Photo: Associated Press


A Pittsburgh landscaper lost control of his chainsaw on Monday, lodging the business end of the blades nearly two inches into his collarbone and neck.

The only hindrance to James Valentine’s seemingly certain decapitation was an attentive co-worker, who was able to bring him safely down from the tree he was on, while the damn thing was still stuck in his person. Bystanders and first responders were able to control the 21-year-old Adler Tree Service employee’s bleeding until an ambulance rushed him to Allegheny General Hospital.

"It was the worst pain you could ever imagine,” said Valentine, who was conscious and talking during the whole ordeal.

He is expected to make a full recovery and claims he’s unafraid of returning to his job.

“It was a freak accident,” added the working class hero, “that can happen any second, any time.”

Right? And don’t even get us started on the paper cut we just had to deal with.  


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