Holliston woman, 79, recovering after rescue from fallen tree she had cut down

A 79-year-old Holliston woman who was rescued after being trapped beneath a tree she chopped down is regaining her health in a Worcester hospital, she said today.

“I’m on the mend,” Beatrice Wardford said.

Wardford was chopping down a tree with an axe in her densely wooded yard on Turner Road Thursday night when the trunk fell on her, trapping her and restricting her breath for several minutes. The tree’s girth was estimated to be 10 inches in diameter.

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Wardford’s 16-year-old neighbor Katelyn Springsteen told the Globe that she heard cries for help coming from the woods and followed them to the spot where Wardford was trapped.

Springsteen called the fire department and a paramedic was able to lift the tree off of Wardford with the help of Springsteen’s father.

Wardford was flown by helicopter to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester where she continues to recover.