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Man trapped under steel recalls ordeal

Rochester, N.Y. - It wasn't looking good for John Washburn just about one week ago. He was working at the Pacemaker Pipe and Steel factory in Manchester, when about 10,000 pounds of steel beams somehow fell on his lower body.

"The EMTs were concerned about nothing else hitting me," said 48-year-old Washburn, who is recovering at Strong Memorial Hospital. "The paramedics and the firefighters were worried about getting things off me."

It took about 40 minutes, but eventually Washburn was freed from the mess of steel and flown to Strong Memorial Hospital.

Washburn recalled his initial panic and pain caused by all that steel.

"At first I was [panicked]," he said from his hospital bed. "Then I calmed myself down real quick, and started working through the problem."

Washburn has a shattered pelvis, injured bladder, injured colon and serious damage to his right foot.

"If anybody needs surgery this is the place to be," Washburn said of the Kessler Trauma Center at Strong Memorial Hospital. "I'm recovering faster than they expected.

Washburn is expected to be okay, although he will likely remain in the hospital for at least six weeks for additional treatments and rehab.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

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