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An industrial accident on Kennecott Utah Copper's Magna site left a man with traumatic leg injuries Friday morning.
Public safety dispatchers confirmed that a 911 call came in from the mining operation at 9:13 a.m. A medical helicopter was sent to the scene.
Kennecott spokesman Kyle Bennett said the accident involved a contracted switchman whose legs became pinned under a rail car outside the company's refinery complex, 11500 W. 2100 South. How the man became trapped was not immediately clear.
However, Bennett said the man was conscious as paramedics and emergency crews worked to free him. By 10 a.m., he had been flown to the hospital in critical condition.
As of 5 p.m., the man was out of surgery, but Bennett could not disclose his condition.
Bennett also could not immediately confirm reports that the man whose identity was not released may have lost one or both legs, though he did say the man had indeed suffered trauma to both legs.