Tennessee toddler stuck in antique wooden barrel freed with power saw


A 2-year-old Tennessee tot needed to be power-sawed out of an antique wooden barrel after he crawled inside and became stuck.

Dorian Strubing’s mom said the family was visiting grandparents in Portland, Tennessee, last Saturday when the curious toddler became wedged in the 25-pound barrel.

“Dorian loves to play with the barrel, he always loves playing with it, hiding toys in it and even trying to climb in,” Kelly Strubing told The Post.

“I think Dorian and the barrel weigh about the same,” she said with a laugh, adding that the 3-inch-thick wooden barrel has been in the family for a while.

When they weren’t able to get Dorian free, the family ended up in the emergency room — where firefighters and medical staff needed an X-ray machine to carefully guide the risky extraction.

Nurses gave Dorian a teddy bear to clutch while the X-rays determined where his hips, knees and feet were inside the barrel, Strubing said.

Dorian getting carried while stuck inside of the barrel.
Dorian getting carried while stuck inside the barrel.
Kelly Strubbing/Facebook

A power saw was used to cut away some of the bottom of the barrel, while a screwdriver was used to chip at the wood to create an opening wide enough for the toddler’s legs to straighten out, WKRN reported.

Crews were then able to pull him out of the top of the barrel.

“He was surprisingly calm throughout the whole thing,” Strubing said. “My husband held Dorian while he was inside the barrel at the hospital the whole time so that really helped.”

Dorian on the way to the hospital where he was finally freed from the wooden barrel that he got stuck in.
Dorian on the way to the hospital, where he was finally freed from the wooden barrel that he got stuck in.
Kelly Strubbing/Facebook

Kelly Strubing’s husband, Lance Strubing, told The Post that it took about an hour and a half to get Dorian freed.

The 2-year-old was not injured during the ordeal — and the workers who helped free him were asked to sign the barrel as a memento of his first emergency room trip.

“It’s just one of those things where kids will be kids,” Kelly Strubing told The Post.

“It was really nerve-wracking at first, but we’re just glad it ended well and that it can give everyone a nice laugh.”

The wooden barrel covered in encouraging messages to Dorian.
The wooden barrel covered in encouraging messages to Dorian.
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