Wadena native takes three horrifying accidents in stride
The first time Robert Tubandt III nearly lost his life was when the cable company lineman was high up on a power pole near Phoenix, Ariz.
"The power lines over my head exploded," said the Wadena native. "I was just lucky to be alive."
The Aug. 20, 2003, accident left second- and third-degree burns on Tubandt's arms, hands and face. In the burn center in Phoenix, he spent two weeks lying in a tub of water while nurses peeled his skin off with what looked like a butter knife.
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