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Rochester woman injured by snowblower in scuffle with neighbor

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A 53-year-old Rochester woman, irked that her neighbor was blowing snow onto her driveway and yard, confronted the man and ended up in the hospital with a snowblower injury, the Rochester Post-Bulletin reports.

The woman approached the neighbor and attempted to physically move his machine's chute to redirect the snow, the newspaper reports.

The man told police he couldn't hear his neighbor's protestations over the sound of his machine, and what exactly happened next is in dispute, the Star Tribune reports. But there was a confrontation, and a snowblower auger blade cut the woman's leg. An ambulance took her to a hospital for treatment.

The woman had a severe laceration, but she was able to come by the police station later, Police Capt. John Sherwin told the Star Tribune. No charges have yet been filed. The two neighbors had a history of disagreements. Sherwin told the Star Tribune that he had never seen a snowblower dispute come to such a tussle.

"You can tell it's been a long winter when incidents like this start to happen," he told the newspaper.

Indeed, winter can stress neighbors. In Chicago a few years ago, one resident got creative and drew national media attention for his snowblower revenge on a neighbor. He said she stole his snow shovel, so he buried her car.

Each year, about 5,700 people are treated in emergency rooms in the U.S. for snowblower-related injuries, U.S. News and World reported noted.

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