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Gilsum man, injured while logging, flown to DHMC

Union Leader Correspondent

July 24. 2014 9:19PM

GILSUM — A Gilsum man was flown to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon Wednesday after a logging accident off Smith Hill Road.

Deputy Joshua Paulette of the Cheshire County Sheriffs Department said they received a report of a man with a head injury at 11:56 a.m. Wednesday.

Kenneth Wright, 52, of Gilsum was carried by rescue workers 100 yards out of the woods to a logging road and then taken by ambulance to Cheshire Medical Center in Keene. As a precaution, he was flown to Dartmouth-Hitchcock.

No update on Wright’s condition was available Thursday.

Wright was cutting down a tree that was about 10 inches in diameter when it turned and came down on top of him, striking his helmet and then his chest, Paulette said.

He was briefly knocked unconscious by the blow.

“He was conscious when we arrived. There were a few rescue people on scene,” Paulette said.

Paulette said Wright was working on a neighbor’s property with the neighbor. Wright and his neighbor have a grant through forest management to thin out small pine trees on their properties to allow hard woods like oaks and maples thrive, he said.

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