Man loses part of arm to train

Published 9:14 am Friday, October 3, 2008

A 51-year-old man lost part of his right arm Thursday morning when a train ran over it.

According to a Wells Police Department report, the man, Duane Giese, apparently was lying between the Iowa, Chicago & Eastern tracks and the west side of North Broadway. The train was switching cars. The police report said Giese attempted to crawl under the train’s cars when he was injured — resulting in the amputation of part of his right arm.

After, Giese was conscious and talking with rescue workers. Responding were the Wells Police Department, Wells Fire Department, Wells Ambulance, Faribault County Sheriff’s Office and Minnesota State Patrol.

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A Mayo Clinic helicopter based in Mankato took off Thursday morning in Wells from the parking lot of Wells Municipal Liquor. An Iowa, Chicago & Eastern train was stopped on the railroad.

Giese was flown to St. Marys Hospital in Rochester. As of 9:20 a.m. Friday, he was listed in serious condition.

The liquor store in Wells is on Broadway, a north-south route. The tracks runs east-west through the city.