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Tree trimmer in critical condition after nearly cutting off his arm

A professional tree trimmer is fighting for his life after he nearly severed his own arm in a chainsaw accident Wednesday. A professional tree trimmer is fighting for his life after he nearly severed his own arm in a chainsaw accident Wednesday.

By Nick Kenney - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A professional tree trimmer is fighting for his life after he nearly severed his own arm in a chainsaw accident Wednesday.

Chuck Hauer was sitting in his Whitehaven home around 9:00 a.m. Wednesday when the peaceful silence was shattered.

"I was having a cup of coffee," he said, "and I heard the most awful scream I've ever heard in my life."

Hauer rushed out side, joining neighbor Harold Verges.

"The first sound was, 'Help! I've cut my arm off,'" Verges said.

Vergos heard the cries for help coming from the top of a massive tree.  At the top, a professional trimmer was stuck, with his arm dangling only by a piece of skin, after he somehow lost control of his chainsaw.

Witnesses said it was his right arm, and that he cut it just above the elbow at the base of the bicep."

"It looked like the saw cut right through the bone and everything," Verges said.
 
Major Anthony Berryhill of the Memphis Police Department said the man could not get down from the tree on his own.

"One of his co-workers here on the scene had to go up the ladder and actually bring him back down," Berryhill said.

Paramedics rushed the tree trimmer to the hospital in critical condition, in a race to save his arm, and his life.

"That guy could've bled to death," Hauer said.

Memphis police are investigating the incident, but believe it was likely a simple on-the-job accident.

"It's not something you look forward to seeing everyday," Verges said.

Hauer said it was something that would stick with him for a long time.

"I had no idea that I was going to see anything that awful," he said.

Police said the tree trimmers were not in marked trucks, but work for a reputable company.

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