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Driver May Lose Thumb After Beltway Tire Changing Accident

A driver may lose his thumb after an unfortunate accident while changing a tire on the Beltway.

The man was driving on the Inner Loop Saturday, hauling a trailer filled with landscaping equipment. He pulled over to change a tire near Rockville Pike in Bethesda.

A fire department spokesperson says the jack he was using failed, pinning his hand between the tire and the wheel well.

Rescue crews were able to lift the trailer and rush the man to a trauma center in Baltimore, but his thumb may need to be amputated.

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