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Firefighters from Forest Grove and Cornelius freed a man s leg from a beet harvester Thursday.

A three-man farm crew was harvesting beets in a field in the 1700 of Southwest Stringtown Road when their harvester became clogged with beets and soil, fire and rescue officials said. One worker jumped onto the machine, which digs beets out of the ground and transfers them via conveyor belt to a truck traveling along side it. The worker tried to repair the harvester when his foot and lower leg became badly trapped in the conveyor belt.

After about 30 minutes, firefighers using the Jaws of life, pulled the man, officials said.

The man, who was not identified, was sent by ambulance to Legacy Emmanuel Hospital in Portland with non-life-threatening injuries.

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