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Worker trimming trees pinned by overturned machinery

Posted March 6, 2013 1:27 p.m. EST
Updated March 6, 2013 7:11 p.m. EST

— 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.

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.