A Millers Creek man suffered multiple broken bones in his lower extremities in a tree-cutting accident about noon Friday in Boomer.
Robert Royal was cutting down a dead white pine with a chain saw when the tree unexpectedly fell and struck him, said Boomer Fire Chief Allen Nichols.
The tree was pulled back by vines so it didn’t remain on Royal, said Nichols. The Wilkes Rescue Squad was dispatched but this assistance was cancelled when it was clear that Royal wasn’t pinned down by the pine, with a circumference of about 24 inches at chest height.
The accident occurred on Boomer Road near the intersection of Glenn Carlton Road. The dead pine tree was among several damaged by a tornado that hit in late October 2017.
Wilkes Emergency Medical Services transported Royal to the Boomer Fire Station, where a Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Air Care helicopter landed to transport Royal to Wake Forest Baptist in Winston-Salem.
Boomer Fire Department first responders provided initial medical treatment. N.C. Forest Service personnel also assisted.