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19-year-old seriously injured, transported by medflight, after being struck by chunk of tree



NORTON – Chief Shawn Simmons reports that the Norton Fire Department responded after part of a tree struck a tree trimmer Sunday evening.

At approximately 6:20 p.m., first responders were dispatched to 125 South Worcester St. for a report that part of a tree had fallen on a worker.

Upon arrival, first responders discovered that the tree was in the process of being cut down, and the worker, a 19-year-old man, was standing approximately 15-20 feet below when he was struck by a chunk of the tree.

The man was treated on scene by Norton Fire and was then transported by ambulance to Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro where he was picked up by a medical helicopter and flown to Rhode Island Hospital in Providence.

The incident remains under investigation by the Norton Police Department. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was also notified of the incident.

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