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face fractured in Tree cutting accident

Monday, November 05, 2012 10:42 AM
Written by Stan Maddux
Category: Local News
A Valparaiso man was recovering Monday from having his face fractured in a

tree cutting accident near Wanatah.

''It's getting better,'' said 59 year old Mark Reinhardt.

Reinhardt, who is at Porter hospital in Valparaiso, said he will be undergoing surgery to repair

the multiple broken bones in his face sustained in the Sunday morning accident.

About 11 a.m., La Porte County Police and other emergency responders were called to a

wooded area on 800 West just south of U-S 30.

Reinhardt said he was cutting a small tree that had a larger tree resting on top of it.

As he was cutting into the trunk, Reinhardt said the trunk broke in half and snapped back

striking him in the nose.

''Every bone behind my nose is broken,'' said Reinhardt, who revealed doctors after surgery

will wire his jaw shut to help the fractures heal.

He expects to be fully recovered in five or six weeks.

Reinhardt along with the property owner, David Matisko and three others were in the woods

together cutting down trees for firewood, something the men do regularly to stock their

fireplaces and  for recreation.

According to police, officers found Reinhardt bleeding heavily from his face while being

tended to by paramedics.

''It was as you can imagine a scary moment,'' said Matisko.

Matisko said Reinhardt is a very skilled tree cutter and what happened while he

was cutting into the trunk was a fluke.

He also credited members of La Porte County Emergency Medical Service for their quick

response and treatment.

'' Compliments to everybody out there.  They were terrific,'' said Matisko.