Man trapped under Mat-Su tree after cutting it down
A 77-year-old man was seriously injured Saturday afternoon when he was hit by a tree he had just cut down near Port MacKenzie, emergency responders said.
Reports of the incident, at a tree-cutting area off Alsop Road in the vicinity of the Goose Creek Correctional Facility, came in just after 12:30 p.m. according to Ken Barkley, the Mat-Su Borough’s deputy director of emergency services.
“The tree fell on him, hit his head and then hit his leg,” Barkley said. “He's conscious and breathing, but he can't get himself out of there.”
The relatively remote area, more than a mile off the road, posed several difficulties for rescuers – including poor weather that prevented a LifeMed helicopter from reaching the scene.
“Crews did a great job reaching him and stabilizing him, then medics did a great job comforting him as they got him back to an ambulance,” Barkley said. “Crews had to walk in their gear and then carry him out.”
The man, who Barkley said suffered broken bones but no life-threatening injuries, was ultimately driven to the Mat-Su Regional Medical Center.