Airport Worker Injured After Getting Trapped Under Baggage Carousel

baggage claim maintenance worker injuredA worker at Phoenix's Sky Harbor International Airport is recovering from injuries he sustained Tuesday while working beneath a baggage carousel and becoming trapped in the machine's conveyor belt.

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The man, who wasn't named by officials, sustained multiple injuries and was taken to a hospital, The Arizona Republic reported. It isn't known how the worker became trapped.

"It was downstairs in a very tight area," Phoenix Fire Capt. Jorge Enriquez said. "It was hard to get to him, and it was a tough extrication because there wasn't a lot of room down there."

A spokeswoman for the airport told the newspaper that the employee was performing maintenance on the carousel.

While working at nearby customer service counter, eyewitness Dawn Pattan said that she heard screams from the man at about 8 a.m. and another man asking for scissors, the Republic reported

She grabbed a pair of scissors from her desk and went downstairs to help free the man.

"It was a little bit difficult," Patton said. "But with everybody pulling on it, we ripped it a lot easier."

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