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Rescue workers free teen's hand from corn picker

December 28, 2009

SMITHSBURG -- Rescue crews had to dismantle parts of a corn picker Monday night to free a 17-year-old boy whose hand became caught in the farm machinery, a spokesman for Smithsburg Emergency Medical Services said.

It is unclear how the boy's hand became caught in the picker, said James Ulrich, deputy chief of Smithsburg Emergency Medical Services.

Rescue crews received a call at 6:28 p.m. to respond to the incident near Smithsburg Pike and Franks Run Road, according to a news release.

The boy was freed from the machinery at about 7 p.m., the release said.

Trooper 3, a Maryland State Police helicopter, responded to the scene and the boy was flown to the Curtis National Hand Center at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, the release said.

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The boy was in serious but stable condition when he was flown from the scene, the release said.

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