Remember Aron Ralston, the Colorado mountain climber who amputated his right arm when a loose boulder pinned him in a Utah canyon? A lumberjack from western Colorado had to face a similar ordeal when he amputated all the toes on his right foot with a pocket knife to free himself after a trailer landed on his foot, trapping him in an isolated forest.
Jon Hutt, 61, of Montrose, used a three-inch pocket knife to sever his toes when he got pinned by a trailer Aug. 19 and was afraid that help might not come for hours.
Hutt told Reuters that he was collecting firewood in a remote area west of Telluride when his tractor-trailer lurched, became detached and landed on his foot.
It was like stepping into a bear trap, he said.
Trapped and alone, Hutt screamed for help but realized after about half an hour that his efforts were in vain. It was then that he literally took matters into his own hands and cut away all of his five toes to free himself. Hutt used his shirt to bind the wound and stop the blood flow as much as possible, while driving his semi-tractor trailer down a mountain pass until he got into cell phone range, stated the Reuters report.
He called 911 and was taken to the Montrose Memorial Hospital, but surgeons could not reattach his toes.
My son joked that I don't have to worry about stubbing my toes anymore, Hutt said, laughing.