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Published October 19, 2010, 08:07 PM

GF Man Injured in Accident Has Leg Amputated

A Grand Forks man injured in an accident Sunday has had his leg amputated at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.

Michael Hart, 37, had to have his left leg amputated below the knee as a result of injuries he sustained after he was pinned between two vehicles in a Sunday crash, family members said. The surgery Tuesday took four hours and another is set for Thursday.

Hart is listed in satisfactory condition at Hennepin County Medical Center.

Police say Hart was taken to Altru hospital late Sunday after he stopped on Demers Avenue to retrieve a stroller that had fallen from his pickup box and was pinned by a car coming from behind, driven by Karen Vatnsdal, 52. A 6-year-old boy and 7-month-old girl that had been in the pickup were not injured. Hart was then transported to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.

Police say when they arrived on the scene, two men were struggling near the car. One of the men, Justin Teague, 33 of Grand Forks, was charged with disorderly conduct. Teague was a passenger in Vatnsdal's car.

Vatnsdal was arrested for drunken driving, driving with a suspended license and having no liability insurance.

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