A Talladega man suffered serious injuries during a logging accident Thursday, according to Talladega Police Capt. Leon Thomas.
Jimmy O’Neal Marler, 56, was airlifted to University of Alabama Birmingham Hospital Thursday afternoon. Information on his condition was not available Friday.
Thomas said officers first got the call about noon Thursday. After arriving at a location off Stockdale Road, officers met with employees from M&M Logging, who led them about three miles through a cornfield in Ironaton. The officers then had to walk about a quarter of a mile to get to Marler’s location.
Thomas said Marler, an M&M employee, had been cutting down a tree when another, dead tree nearby fell on him, knocked him several feet into a stream and pinned him there.
The officers, along with Talladega firefighters and NorthStar paramedics, had to lower a basket down into the creek and lift Marler to safety, he said. A Kubota tractor was used to help raise the basket.
Paramedics examined Marler and found severe injury and swelling to the left side of his body, including a compound fracture of his left arm.
NorthStar transported Marler to Citizens Baptist Medical Center in Talladega, where Life Saver Helicopter was waiting to take him to Birmingham. Thomas said Marler initially objected to being airlifted, but eventually agreed.
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