Teen survives pitchfork accident


Tine pierced his neck while he performed ranch chores

Carolina Brown — Ouray County Plaindealer Colt Califano, sophomore at Ridgway Secondary School, holds the pitchfork involved in the accident where he was stabbed in the neck over the Christmas holiday. In his right hand is the tine of the pitchfork paramedics had to cut off while it was lodged nearly three inches into his body, through his neck and into his mouth.
Colt Califano knew he was in a precarious position. The 15-year-old was finishing his usual chores at the family’s horse ranch off County Road 1 on the evening of Dec. 27. His older brother, Luke, was home for the holidays and pulling him on a sled behind an all-terrain vehicle as Colt spread hay for the horses with a six-tine pitchfork. Colt was about to call out to Luke to stop and allow him to…

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