Firefighters Remove Child's Finger From Seatbelt Buckle

AP
September 16, 2019 - 9:15 am
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DANBURY, Conn. (AP) — Firefighters in Connecticut say they were able to safely remove a 5-year-old child's finger after it got stuck in a school bus seatbelt buckle.

The News-Times reports that first responders from New Fairfield and Danbury used a high-speed diamond cutter to free the unnamed child from the buckle Friday evening at Danbury Hospital.

The newspaper says firefighters tried a number of different ways to free the finger, including using oil and ice before turning to the cutter.

The procedure involved placing a safety guard over the child's finger and keeping a stream of water going over the tool and the belt to keep the metal from overheating.

Firefighters say the child's hand wasn't injured and that his family planned to keep the remaining buckle as a reminder of the ordeal.