Man hurt in tree-cutting mishap

Published 5:00 am Thursday, May 29, 2003

A Lincoln County man was seriously injured Tuesday morning whenpart of a tree limb fell and struck his head during a tree-cuttingaccident on West Monticello Street.

Nolan Johnson, 28, suffered a major head injury around 8:30 a.m.when he and his co-workers were cutting trees at 541 WestMonticello St.

“One guy was up in the bucket truck and he cut a limb andhollered, but he (Johnson) didn’t get out of the way quick enough,”said Brookhaven Assistant Police Chief Nolan Jones.

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Other employees were standing nearby cutting limbs into smallersizes as the limbs were cut down from a large tree. The one thathit Johnson on the top of the head was a portion of a largerlimb.

“It was a chunk about 12-14 inches,” said Jones, adding thatworkers estimated it fell approximately 75-80 feet.

Johnson was rendered unconscious immediately and had notregained consciousness before being transported to KDMC. Followingtreatment at KDMC, he was taken to University Medical Center viahelicopter.

A number of Brookhaven police officers and the director oftransportation assisted medical personnel in their efforts to treatJohnson at the scene.

“It was just a freak accident,” said Jones.