Tree worker rescued after being pinned 50 feet above the ground

Knoxville, TN – An unidentified tree worker escaped with minor injuries after becoming trapped in a tree. Rural Metro spokesman Jeff Bagwell said a man was 50 feet in the air cutting it down piece by piece, when one of the branches he was cutting swung around and pinned him against the tree, preventing him from getting down.

The worker, however, was able to cut the branch loose and free himself. Rescue crews then threw the man a line, which he secured to the tree so they could lower him to the ground.

He was taken to the hospital with what were described as minor injuries.

Bagwell added that the man works for a professional tree cutting service, although he was working at the site alone.

“We were preparing for the worst,” Bagwell said. “This could’ve been a long job that could’ve lasted for several minutes.”

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