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Worker Hurt In Tree Removal Accident In Dracut

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DRACUT (CBS) – A man was hit in the head by a falling tree in Dracut Thursday morning.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Bernice Corpuz reports

It happened in a yard on Hilltop Road just after 10 a.m.

A crew from R.K. Tree Service of Tyngsboro was cutting down a large oak tree, using a big claw to lower sections of the tree down onto a truck.

Police say something went wrong and a part of the tree came at the 57-year-old man who was controlling the lifting jaws of the cherry picker.

“It grabbed a large piece of the tree, about a 15-to-20 foot section that was top heavy resulting in that limb swinging down coming free from the jaws of the cherry picker and knocking the worker off of the chair,” Dracut police officer Wren Maddox said.

“(It) took him right out of the seat, sent him flying, head first, feet last.  Not good.”

He landed about ten feet below on the bed of the truck and ended up with a large gash on the left side of his head.

A neighbor saw him covered in blood, thought he might be dead and called 911 immediately.

The man was conscious and alert as he was taken away from the scene in an ambulance.

His name has not been released.

A federal safety inspector was called to the scene after the accident.

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