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Hubbard County Public Works Superintendent Vern Massie is temporarily confined to his recliner until injuries from a tractor accident heal enough to get him back up on his feet. His right leg was broken in eight pieces; his left leg so badly bruised and cut it will take as much time as the right leg to heal. Behind him is the cell phone he claims saved his life June 13. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Massie on the mend after freak tractor accident

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Vern Massie believes his cell phone saved his life, along with a guardian angel giving him a strong signal.

But watching daytime TV just might do him in worse than the injuries he's recovering from.

Hubbard County's Solid Waste Superintendent was pinned underneath his tractor on the afternoon of June 13. It'll take him much of the summer to get back on his feet, so to speak.

That Sunday he and wife Alice went to church as usual, then had dinner.

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Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers Hubbard County, courts and breaking news.

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