Doctors at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center labored in vain to reattach the arm of a Huntsville man after it was severed below the elbow during a farm accident, authorities say.

Eric Froerer, 24, remained in satisfactory condition Wednesday after surgery to reattach the severed limb proved unsuccessful, a hospital spokesman said.Froerer had been working with a hay baling machine Monday night when part of his coverall caught in a chain and his left arm was pulled into the machine, said Weber County Sheriff's Deputy Blaine Holmes.

Paramedics said Froerer's arm was torn midway between the wrist and elbow.

Froerer was working alone when the accident occurred about 11:30 p.m. Holmes said baling is done late at night or early in the morning when there is dew to preserve the feed.