Man sustains 'life threatening injuries' after he was crushed by a tree in Ascot
Published: 14 Apr 2014 18:000 comments
A MAN has sustained potentially 'life threatening multiple injuries’ after he was crushed by a tree branch weighing a few tonnes.
The tree surgeon, thought to be in his 40s, was working in Windsor Road, Ascot, when a branch from a neighbouring tree fell on him, at around 11am this morning.
He was about 20ft up the tree when, unknown to him, the branch he was cutting into was supporting another branch, which gave way when the support was removed.
The man was pinned in the tree, with his colleagues working to free him.
It is thought he sustained spine, pelvic, and arm injuries.
By the time the emergency services arrived, the man was on the ground, and it is unclear how long he was trapped.
Watch manager Steve Beard, from Wokingham fire station, confirmed they were called to the scene at about 11am and said: “A large bough dropped on him while he was cutting into another bough and it pinned him into the tree. It was considerable, quite a few tonnes.
“We had to cut part of it away to allow the paramedics and air ambulance more access to him. We helped them lifting him across the rocky ground.”
The ambulance was called at 11.17am, and he was taken via air ambulance to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, after he was assessed, treated and stabilised at the scene by paramedics.