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OMAHA MAN, 19, DIES IN HUNTING MISHAP

COURTNEY BRUMMER , Staff Writer 01/02/2004

An Omaha man died Thursday in what Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Office officials are calling a hunting accident near Oakland.

Chief Deputy Jim Matthai said Allan Diggs, 19, of Omaha died after he fell onto a hunting knife and severed the femoral artery in his leg.

"It's one of the main arteries," Matthai said. "He lost a lot of blood."

An unidentified friend of Diggs, who was with him at the time, told investigators that they were walking in a field near the intersection and that Diggs was carrying his hunting knife.

At one point, the friend said he heard Diggs say "Ouch" and saw him sitting down. He also allegedly told investigators he saw blood squirting from Digg's leg.

The friend removed his shirt and tied a tourniquet around Diggs leg and left to find help, Matthai said.

Deputies were called to the intersection of 480th Street and Idlewood Road around 1:25 p.m. to assist Oakland Rescue. While en route to Jennie Edmundson Hospital, Diggs went into shock and rescue workers performed CPR.

A Council Bluffs Rescue crew met the Oakland Unit halfway and Diggs was transferred to the other ambulance.

Diggs died a short time later.

Preliminary results from an autopsy conducted this morning indicated that Diggs died as a result of the severed artery, Matthai said.

Matthai said there is no evidence to indicate foul play. Both Diggs and his friends were licensed hunters and had the proper permits.

The incident is still under investigation by Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Office investigators.

İDaily Nonpareil 2004

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