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Tree cutting mishap results in injuries

Posted by Martin Finucane February 28, 2007 04:41 PM

NATICK

A man's legs were injured when he was trapped under a pine tree that he had been cutting this afternoon, Natick officials said.

Rescuers were summoned to the scene at around 3:30 this afternoon, and it took them about 15 minutes to free the victim's legs, said Deputy Fire Chief Mike Slattery.

Slattery said the victim, who has not been identified, appeared to have suffered broken legs in the mishap.

The accident happened on Indian Rock Road along the Natick-Weston town line on wooded private property adjacent to Camp Nonesuch. The children's camp near Lake Cochituate is owned by The Rivers School.

It was not clear whether the victim was the property owner or a contractor.

The Natick Fire Department used chainsaws to cut away tree limbs and airbags to lift the tree off of the man, who Slattery said was grimacing in pain when officials arrived.

"The work was slow," Slattery said. "We didn't want to injure him more."

The victim was transported to Leonard Morse Hospital, which is the Natick campus of the MetroWest Medical Center.

-- John C. Drake

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