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Tree removal worker’s leg amputated after accident near Crystal Lake

Photo by Alex Vucha.

A tree removal company worker was flown to the hospital by Flight For Life after he had his leg amputated near Crystal Lake over the weekend.

The Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Department was called at 1:54 p.m. on Saturday to the 6900 block of New Hampshire Trail in unincorporated Crystal Lake for a 911 call of a traumatic injury, Battalion Chief Chris Kopera said.

Fire crews arrived at the scene and found a man that had an amputated leg after a work accident.

Photo by Alex Vucha.

Fire officials said that a tree removal company was using a stump grinder when a rope caught the worker’s leg and pulled it into the grinder, which led to the lower portion of his leg to be amputated.

A Flight For Life medical helicopter landed at Prairie Ridge High School and the man was transferred from the ambulance to the helicopter. Flight For Life flew the man to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, which is a level one trauma center.

The man was initially in critical condition, Kopera said. The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office said that the man is now in serious but stable condition.

Sam Borcia

Senior News Editor at Lake & McHenry County Scanner
Sam has been with Lake and McHenry County Scanner since 2012 as a senior news editor helping cover breaking news for Lake County and McHenry County. He also regularly contributes photographs of news scenes for the Lake County area.
Sam Borcia

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