Chatfield man airlifted to St. Mary’s with critical tree removal injuries

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(ABC 6 News) – A Chatfield man was airlifted to St. Marys Hospital with critical injuries Thursday night.

According to the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to the 200 block of 7th Street Southwest, Dover, for a call of a tree falling on a man around 8:50 p.m. June 6.

The city of Dover had hired the 60-year-old Chatfield man to remove trees.

Neighbor, Wauyne Benickson, checked on the man after noticing his chainsaw had been silent for a while and found him face-down in a ditch — conscious and breathing, but with critical injuries after one of the trees he was cutting down fell on top of him.

“I noticed his hand has some blood on it,” Benickson said. “He was trying to look and I’, trying to not let him move.

“Then I noticed some more blood and he kinda moved and then he spat up blood and that’s when I called 9-11.”

The man was flown via Mayo One and stabilized, but remains in critical condition, according to the OCSO.