January 28, 2013

Man injured in logging accident

Doug Harlow

Staff Writer
PLEASANT RIDGE PLANTATION — A man from Brighton Plantation was taken to a Bangor hospital by LifeFlight helicopter Monday morning after he was pinned against machinery in a logging accident.

The man, Freeman Cromwell, 62, was working on a wood chipping operation about 9:15 a.m. when the equipment shifted on the icy road surface, Sgt. Peter Michaud of Maine State Police said.

The accident happened on Plum Creek land  off Rowe Pond Road.

Cromwell suffered injuries to his legs and had internal injuries to his midsection, Michaud said.
Michaud said Cromwell’s injuries were significant, but it was not known if they were life threatening.

A spokeswoman at Eastern Maine Medical Center where Cromwell was taken said she had no information on him.

Pleasant Ridge Plantation is in Somerset County, west of Bingham and the Kennebec River.

Michaud said Cromwell was the driver of a tractor-trailer chip truck being fed by an industrial wood-chipping machine. He said Cromwell walked to the back of tractor trailer when the chipper slipped, pinning him between the chipper and the rear of the trailer.

Upper Kennebec Valley Ambulance responded to the accident, as did firefighters from Pleasant Ridge and Bingham fire departments.

No one else was injured and no charges are expected in the accident.

Michaud said he and Trooper Ried Bond are assisting inspectors from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration with the investigation.

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