Paramedics airlift man trapped under tree to hospital

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Emergency crews rush a man to an EHS LifeFlight helicopter after the man was reportedly injured in a work-related accident on Barrachois Mountain on Tuesday. Steve Wadden - Cape Breton Post

BARRACHOIS — Emergency Health Service paramedics, Cape Breton Regional Police and Northside firefighters responded to a reported workplace accident in Barrachois on Tuesday afternoon.

According to Lloyd MacIntosh, chief of the North Sydney Volunteer Fire Department, a 46-year-old man was airlifted to hospital in Halifax on Tuesday evening.

It’s believed the man was cutting down a tree when it fell on him, leaving him trapped.

Flight paramedics had to travel by all-terrain vehicle and then on foot to reach the man, who was treated for several hours at the scene before being stabilized for transportation by helicopter.

The accident on the mountain in Barrachois was reported to police at about 1:30 p.m. At the time, the man was described as being in serious condition.

Police also closed a section of Grand Narrows Highway on Tuesday to allow for the landing and departure of the air ambulance.

The Department of Labour is now investigating the cause of the accident.



Organizations: Health Service, North Sydney Volunteer Fire Department, Department of Labour

Geographic location: BARRACHOIS, Halifax

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