Falling Tree Hurts 2 Campground Workers
Rescuers freed two maintenance workers at Tuxbury Pond Campground in southern New Hampshire after a pine tree fell on their utility vehicle while they were driving along a road leading into the camp, The Daily News of Newburyport reported.
Acting Amesbury fire Lt. Brian Dixon said two sections of the tree landed on the front section of the John Deere Gator four-wheel-drive utility vehicle, pinning the employees' legs underneath the dashboard.
Amesbury firefighters were among the many emergency personnel who responded to the campground located just over the Amesbury border. Other departments involved included South Hampton police and fire and East Kingston, N.H., responders.
The accident took place on a public-access road about a quarter-mile from the front gate of the popular campground. Tuxbury Pond straddles both South Hampton and Amesbury and contains two small islands in the center. Large campgrounds are located in both communities and attract thousands of people each year.
Dixon said he didn't know what caused the tree, between 18 and 20 inches in diameter, to fall around noontime, but said it could have been due to yesterday afternoon's gusty winds.
"They happened to be driving the trail, and the tree came down," Dixon said. "They were lucky they weren't killed."
The employees, who weren't identified, were transported to Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport and Exeter Hospital in Exeter, N.H. Dixon said he was unsure of their condition.
Rescue units were on the scene for about an hour, Dixon said. A Merrimac ambulance covered the Amesbury station while its ambulance was in use. As a precaution, a MedFlight helicopter was called. However, high winds prevented the helicopter from responding, Dixon said.