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Snowboard park accident 911 calls released; P.J. O'Donnell's arm caught in gear shaft at Raging Buffalo Snowboard Ski Park

March 8, 2014 7:53:26 PM PST
The emergency 911 calls from an Algonquin snowboard park where employee P.J. O'Donnell's arm was caught in a gear shaft were released.

    Operator: Is he having any trouble breathing?

    Caller: Not that I'm aware of.

    Operator: Ok, you said his arm is crushed?

    Caller: Yeah.

    Operator: And the power has been shut off to the machine, right?

    Caller: The power has been shut off.

It took less than seven minutes for emergency responders to arrive at the Raging Buffalo Snowboard Ski Park last Sunday.

As the caller explained the situation to the operator, you could hear the injured worker's screams.

His condition is improving and a fundraiser to pay for the teenager's medical bills is planned for Sunday.

His medical bills are piling up, so colleagues organized Sunday's fundraiser.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the incident.


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