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A PENSIONER'S arm has been ripped off after she reached into her car to close its electric window.

The 78-year-old's right arm was severed at the elbow in the freak accident.

She is believed to have leaned into the car and turned on the ignition to operate the window, not realising it was still in gear.

Devon& Cornwall Police think the car then lurched forward and trapped her arm.

A force spokesman said: "In the process of doing that it has taken her arm off."

Emergency services were called to a bungalow in Hayle, west Cornwall, just after 4pm on Saturday.

The pensioner, who has not been named, was flown 70 miles by air ambulance to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth. The police spokesman added that although the pensioner had suffered "life-changing injuries" it is hoped surgeons would be able to re-attach the arm so she could make a good recovery.

In June the actor who played Pavel Chekov in the recent Star Trek movies was crushed to death by his own car in a freak accident.

Anton Yelchin, 27, was pinned between his vehicle and the brick support pillar to a security fence.

He had briefly got out in the steep driveway of his Los Angeles home, officials said.

Police said the car was found in neutral with the engine still running. They did not know why he had got out of it.

It is thought the SUV had rolled backwards on to the star, son of Russian figure skaters Irina and Viktor Yelchin.


SURGERY Derriford Hospital

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 29, 2016
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