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Student Recovering After Belt Sander Accident

By , | Posted - Apr. 21, 2004 at 7:28 a.m.



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(American Fork-AP) -- An American Fork High School student is recovering at home after an accident with a belt sander that cut off several of his fingers.

Sophomore Chris Miller says he was using the belt sander in class Monday and wasn't paying attention when his fingers got caught under the wood being fed into the machine.

Miller's fingers were pulled in, and the sander broke two fingers on his right hand, cut off pieces of several other fingers and ripped off the skin on six fingers.

Medical personnel say a doctor was able to sew back on two of the fingers that were partially amputated and his hands should be back to normal in a few weeks.

Miller expects to be back to school by Thursday. But for now he's watching movies at home and welcoming visitors.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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