November 12, 2012

Athens man loses fingers in industrial accident

By Matt Hongoltz-Hetling
Staff Writer

ATHENS -- An Athens man was airlifted to Boston on Friday night after an industrial accident at a local company.

Nick Stafford, 23, was working at Maine Pellet Co. on Harmony Road when the accident happened about 8:30 p.m., according to Athens Fire Chief Travis Thompson.

Thompson said he didn't know the details of the accident but that Stafford was taken by ambulance and then medical helicopter to Massachusetts General Hospital after emergency responders arrived.

A posting on Stafford's Facebook page described the extent of the injuries.

"I cut all my fingers off on my right hand but fortunately I still have my thumb," it said. "On my left hand, ring and middle finger is missing the tips. They basically cut my right hand all the way back to my knuckles."

A call to Maine Pellet Co. on Sunday afternoon was not returned. 

Matt Hongoltz-Hetling -- 861-9287

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