Emergency medical personnel carried a logger out of the woods Thursday morning in Strong after the wheel of a skidder he was working with struck him, the local fire chief said.

Strong Fire Chief Duayne Boyd said the logger, whose name Boyd didn’t know, had been notching out a tree to be cut down when he was injured.

“He was kind of standing back-to to his skidder and the skidder rolled backwards and the rear tire hit him in the upper leg and hip area,” Boyd said by phone Thursday afternoon. “It kind of knocked him down. It didn’t run over him or anything, but it hit him in pretty good shape and knocked him down to the ground.”

Boyd said he didn’t know whether the logger suffered broken bones. The injuries were not considered to be life-threatening, he said.

The man had been working in the woods off Lambert Hill Road near Route 149 when the accident happened about 11:45 a.m.

“We got him out of the woods with a Stokes basket and a rescue trailer and put him into a NorthStar ambulance,” Boyd said.

The logger was taken to Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington. Rescuers reached the logger by using a four-wheeler trail off Burbank Hill Road. He was about 150 feet from the trail. Boyd said the logger was conscious, alert and talking when rescuers arrived.

Doug Harlow — 612-2367

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