October 24, 2014

From ABC17News.com

COLUMBIA, Mo – Morgan County bow hunter Troy Smith said he’s lucky to be alive after a hunting accident left him dangling from a tree by his neck.

The man said he blames the safety harness he was using and wants to warn other hunters about the danger.

Smith said it was like any other time he’s sat up in his tree stand over the past 35 years, but then he slid off the seat when he turned around with his bow to shoot a couple of doe. Smith dangled for a moment, then the situation turned almost deadly when his leg strap started coming undone.

“The harness come up around my throat and started choking me out,” said Smith.

Smith then fell about 18 feet -knocking him unconscious. He said he almost bit his tongue in half and damaged his esophagus.

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