Worker's leg severed in Milwaukee County bus accident

CREATED Oct. 15, 2012 - UPDATED: Oct. 15, 2012

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MILWAUKEE - A 31-year-old man was in critical condition Monday after his leg was severed during an accident involving a Milwaukee County bus.

It happened just after 12:30 a.m. Monday at the corner of North Milwaukee Street and West Wisconsin Avenue.

A witness told TODAY'S TMJ4 that workers were stringing cables across Wisconsin Avenue when the bus slowed down, but continued to drive through, snagging a wire.

"The bus pulled the cable taut, stopped when the lamp post that was connected to the cable smashed into the front of the bus," says witness Josh Kirk.

A worker's leg got snagged in that wire and his leg was severed, according to Milwaukee police.

Kirk ran to help the man, as his coworkers applied pressure to the wound.  "He didn't know at first what happened.  I don't think he still really knows what happened," believes Kirk.

Chris Kujawa, the worker's boss, says the man is alert and talking.

"He's responsive and he's actually making a few jokes, so his spirits seem to be pretty good," says Kujawa.

The same can't be said for the driver of the bus.  The president of his union says the man is shaken.

"It's a very hard situation to go through.  Our operators take pride in their work, and when something like this happens, it hits them hard," says Alan Simonis of Amalgamated Transit Union.

Police are still investigating exactly what happened.  Union reps say the bus driver is on paid administrative leave.