Man pinned, injured by tree branch

A man doing yard work on a riding lawn mower Wednesday at a small apartment complex was helped by neighbors after he became pinned by a large tree branch.

Neighbors said they were told by emergency responders that the man was breathing on his own as he was taken by a gurney into a waiting ambulance.

The Daily Sentinel was unable to find out the man’s name or condition.

Danny Poulson said he was notified by other neighbors of the incident and raced across the street to the complex at 1600 Rood Avenue, where he used a chain saw to cut away the branch. Poulson’s house mate, Michael Flannery, and another neighbor performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the man until paramedics arrived. Poulson said the man had turned purple when he arrived and he thought the man’s neck might be broken.

The injured man was using the mower to collect leaves and winterize the lawns when the accident happened just before noon.

Flannery said he is certified to perform CPR, but he never imagined he would have to use it in his own neighborhood.


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