Man injured trying to remove a tree with a pickup

Valdese, NC – Brent Ford was injured Tuesday when a tree he was trying to remove by tying it to a pickup truck fell on him.

Ford’s girlfriend Mandy Mikeal stated that he was trying to pull a tree down by tying it to a silver pickup truck. The tree started falling toward him and he jumped out of the truck and tried to escape, but was injured when the tree caught him and pinned him to the ground.

“They were trying to pull the tree down,” Mikeal said. “He was driving the silver truck and I was driving the burgundy truck and it came the wrong way.”

Ford had leg injuries but was conscious, said Charlie Watts, chief of Valdese Fire Department. Watts expected Ford to be flown to another hospital later Tuesday night.

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