Worker gets leg caught in machinery at Phoenix plant

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- A man suffered extensive injuries after his leg got caught in a piece of machinery used to crush light bulbs Tuesday morning.

According to Phoenix fire Capt. Eric Kalkbrenner, a man was working on an auger at a recycling plant near 57th Avenue and Jefferson Street when his leg got stuck in the machine.

Employees cut the power to the machine and tried to help the man.

Firefighters arrived and extricated the worker within a couple of minutes. He was transported to St. Joseph's Hospital in critical condition due to the type of injury.

Kalkbrenner said the man suffered extensive injuries to his lower leg but was conscious and talking to the rescuers.

It is not clear how the accident happened.