Man pinned in tree

Published 10:18 pm Friday, May 19, 2017

A man suffered life-threatening injuries after getting pinned in a tree he was cutting on Friday afternoon.

Rescue workers maneuver to free a man pinned in a tree on North Street on Friday afternoon. The man was seriously injured and airlifted to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.
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Suffolk Fire & Rescue crews responded to the incident, which was reported at 4:52 p.m. in the 200 block of North Street in downtown Suffolk, according to a city press release. Neighbors heard the man screaming for help and called 911.

The man, believed to be in his late 30s, was on a ladder cutting the tree when a section of tree, about 20 feet long, fell and pinned him at a fork in the tree. He was suspended almost upside down about 24 feet off the ground.

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Thunderstorms complicated rescue efforts, but firefighters provided treatment while crews worked to remove the section that had the man pinned. Schadel Sheet Metal Works provided a crane to help, and Suffolk Iron Works also had a crane on standby.

Technical Rescue teams from Chesapeake, Virginia Beach and Norfolk responded to the scene to aid Suffolk Fire & Rescue’s Technical Rescue team. The man was freed about 7:07 p.m. and flown by Nightingale to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital for treatment.

Market Street was closed between City Hall and Chestnut Street during the rescue.