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Ouch! Man Falls onto Air Hose, Blows Up "Like a Balloon"

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

A bizarre story out of New Zealand, where a trucker blew up "like a balloon" when he fell onto a compressed air hose.

The Associated Press reports that 48-year-old Steven McCormack was standing on his truck's foot plate on Saturday when he slipped and fell. He broke an air hose that powers the truck's brakes.

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He fell onto the hose, which pierced his buttocks and pumped air into his body at 100 pounds per square inch.

"I felt the air rush into my body and I felt like it was going to explode from my foot," he told local media from his hospital bed. "I was blowing up like a football. I had no choice but just to lay there, blowing up like a balloon."

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McCormack's co-workers heard his screams and ran to him, releasing a safety valve to stop the air flow.

He was rushed to the hospital with swelling and fluid in one lung. Doctors said the air had separated fat from muscle in McCormack's body, but had not entered his bloodstream.

McCormack said his skin felt "like a pork roast" -- crackling on the outside but soft underneath.