Man rescued, LifeFlighted after being trapped by falling tree
A man was flown from rural western Washington County to a local hospital by helicopter Monday, Sept. 2, after fire and rescue crews found him trapped beneath a fallen tree.
Forest Grove Fire & Rescue said crews were on the scene of the incident by about 11:30 a.m. Monday, just off Southwest Old Highway 47 in between Forest Grove and Gaston. Agency spokesman Matt Johnston said it took about 25 minutes for rescuers to lift the tree off of the injured man.
The man was apparently cutting down the tree, an oak about two feet in diameter. Johnston said that when the tree fell, it "kicked back and landed on him," pinning his legs.
The LifeFlight Network was activated. The man, whose name has not been released, was flown to the hospital with what Johnston described as "serious" leg injuries.
He appeared otherwise uninjured, Johnston reported.
Forest Grove Fire & Rescue, the Gaston Rural Fire District and the Washington County Sheriff's Office were among the agencies that responded to the scene Monday.
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