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Worker trimming trees pinned by overturned machinery

Posted March 6, 2013

— Emergency crews freed a man from beneath overturned logging equipment in Fayetteville on Wednesday afternoon.

The unidentified 62-year-old man was clearing trees along the 2000 block of Skibo Road when the steer-skidder he was operating flipped, authorities said.

Overturned logging vehicle in Fayetteville Investigators don't know why logging vehicle flipped

Another worker called 911, and fire crews used pneumatic bags to lift the 15-ton vehicle off of the man.

His shoulder and leg were pinned for 90 minutes, but there was no immediate word on his condition.

A medical helicopter from Duke University Hospital airlifted him to Durham for treatment.

Occupational safety investigators are trying to determine what caused the accident.


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  • tcndc2 Mar 6, 2013

    Highly doubt the wind tipped the machine over- more like driver error running over a stump. And taking the day off for windy weather doesn't pay their bills> you buy diesel lately?

  • Terkel Mar 6, 2013

    Poor guy - who sends a tree crew out on a day like today?

  • Obamacare rises Mar 6, 2013

    If the wind overturned that piece of machinery, then we've got bigger problems here.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Mar 6, 2013

    Any kind of tree work on a windy day isn't wise.

    Praying he will be ok.