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Ohio man saves his own life after accident with tractor

MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) -- A Washington County man saved his own life after a terrifying run-in with his tractor.

According to Washington County Sheriff, Larry Mincks, 76-year-old, Carl Turner was at his home on Oak Hill Road in Cutler, Ohio trying to hook his manure spreader up to his tractor when it suddenly went into reverse.

It trapped Turner's right leg underneath a tire, while continuously spinning on top of his leg causing severe trauma to his right ankle.

Mincks says Turner was able to reach up and hit a fuel cut off to shut off the tractor, then using his own belt, found a way to survive the incident.

"He tied it around his leg to stop the bleeding and then he drug himself 30 or 40 yards to the house where he was able to get to a phone and call. The Med Flight has air-lifted him to Grant and basically he probably saved his own life by his actions and I'd say he's a pretty tough individual," says Mincks.

Turner suffered severe damage to his right leg below the knee. His right foot was cut off as a result of the accident.