Frack Arce: Washington man sucked into wood chipper, survives

VANCOUVER, Wash. - A man in Washington is thankful to be alive after he went through a wood chipper during a freak accident at work.

"I'm feeling alright. Not too bad. It's been a rough couple of days, but I'm doing good. I'm hanging in there," said victim Frank Arce.

Frank Arce, of Longview, thought the industrial wood chipper at Swanson Bark and Wood Products Co., where he works, was shut off when he climbed in to retrieve something that had jammed it.

"It cut me pretty bad," he said.

When he was inside the machine, then engine suddenly started.

"There was a thought (I was going to die), but it was more like something was telling me I wasn't going to die that day. I felt I had a lot of angels out there with me that day. A lot of people looking out for me," said Arce.

He suffered a broken pelvis, shattered ankle, bruised liver, broken leg.  There's also a cut that runs the length of his body on the back side that's so deep it crushed his knee.

"I felt I had a lot of angels out there with me that day, a lot of people looking out for me," he said.

Arce will be in the hospital a couple more weeks. His company is paying for his medical bills.

The state is now investigating the incident.


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