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Tree severs Milan man's leg

Emil Whitis • Jan 12, 2012 at 7:34 PM

A tree severed a man's leg Wednesday when he used a chain saw to chop the tree down.

Toby Gibson, 35, of Milan, was in guarded condition late Wednesday at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, where he was flown by helicopter shortly after the incident.

Gibson, of the full-service landscaping company Gibson's Gardens, was hired to cut down a tree behind Lisa and Mick Coles' River Road property. When the tree fell, its thick bottom end somehow pinched Gibson's leg and severed it below the knee, sheriff's deputies said.

A hospital spokeswoman said guarded condition means a patient is better than critical, but less than stable.

For more on this story, pick up Thursday's Register.

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