Ore. woodworker punctured by 2-foot piece of wood

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FOREST GROVE, Ore. (AP) -- Firefighters say an Oregon door manufacturing plant worker has been airlifted to a hospital after a 2-foot-long piece of inch-wide wood pierced his abdomen. The unidentified 33-year-old man was transported to a Portland trauma center after he was injured Monday afternoon while operating equipment at Woodfold Manufacturing in Forest Grove.

Forest Grove fire spokesman David Nemeyer says paramedics reported the piece of wood had broken off inside the man's body and was close to puncturing his back. He was reported to be conscious and talking to firefighters, although in extreme pain. No report on his condition was immediately available Monday evening.

Nemeyer says the man had been operating a straight line rip saw when the piece of wood came out of the machine and hit him.