Sabattus, ME – 59-year-old Philip Nickey suffered a broken leg after a logging accident.
According to a press statement from police Lt. Daniel Davies, Nickey had been operating a logging skidder around 9 a.m. when he called dispatchers to say he had “severely broken” his leg.
Davies said he was able to get to the skidder within minutes of Nickey’s call. Emergency personnel were able to free Nickey from the skidder and take him to Central Maine Medical Center.
Nickey told Davies he had been logging the property, securing downed trees to a twitch (a cabled device used to gather and drag trees with a skidder) to haul to a pick-up location.
One of the trees in the stack sprang free and pinned his leg against another tree, Nickey told Davies. The force caused a break to his leg below the knee.
Nickey was able to reach a nearby chainsaw, which he used to cut the tree and ultimately free his own leg.
After cutting himself free, Nickey managed to climb back into his skidder where he had left his his cell phone and immediately called 911 for help.
Nickey then drove the skidder about one half-mile to the location where Davies later found him.
For more information; https://www.centralmaine.com/2020/08/20/leeds-logger-frees-himself-with-a-chainsaw-after-breaking-a-leg-in-sabattus-woods/