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The incident occurred Wednesday afternoon. The man was reportedly conscious when medics arrived on-scene.

A man was taken by air ambulance to a Portland-area hospital Wednesday afternoon, April 25, after he was struck by a falling tree while working at L.L. Stub Stewart State Park in northwestern Washington County, according to a Banks Fire District spokesman.

Both Scott Adams and Mitch Ward, who serve as Banks Fire public information officers, responded to the emergency call at 2:43 p.m. in their capacity as medics, Ward said. He said they found the man, who he described as a logger in his early to mid-20s, injured after having been hit by part or all of a tree that fell.

"It hit him in the upper neck/shoulder area from behind, and when we got to him, he was conscious and talking," Ward said.

Although Ward said the extent of the logger's injuries were unknown, "he was in some pain," the Banks Fire spokesman remarked.

Banks Fire called for a LifeFlight air ambulance hospital to transport the man from the scene. He was taken to Oregon Health & Science University Hospital in stable condition, Ward said.

Asked why the injured man was taken to the hospital by air ambulance rather than by ground, Ward said it was a matter of distance. Because the injury occurred inside the state park area, it would have taken too long for a ground ambulance to arrive on the scene and take him all the way to a trauma center in Portland, he explained.

"Any time we've got a trauma like that and we're that distance away, you know, we like to err on the side of caution — send him out quicker that way," Ward said.

No other injuries were reported at the scene, according to Ward.

Ward said he was unable to immediately provide either the identity of the man or the company for which he works.

By Mark Miller
Editor, Forest Grove News-Times
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