Man injured in tree-felling mishap

A BONVILLE man, 35, was recovering yesterday after he was trapped in a tree-felling accident on East Bonville Road on Sunday.

Police said the man was on his property clearing trees with an uncovered backhoe about 3pm and was digging around the base of a 15-metre tall tree when the base of the tree gave way.

The tree toppled onto him and pinned his legs.

Workers at a nearby sawmill heard the man yell for help and rushed to his aid. Police, the SES and paramedics were dispatched and a large excavator was brought in from the mill to assist the rescue effort. It was used to painstakingly lift the tree off the man, who was stabilised at the scene and taken to Coffs Harbour Health Campus where he was treated for multiple leg fractures.

He underwent surgery and his condition was listed as stable.

Meanwhile, another emergency unfolded on Friday afternoon when a motorbike rider took a heavy tumble near Clouds Creek, north of Dorrigo.

Police said the Queensland man, 51, was negotiating a left-hand bend on Armidale Road when he lost control, careered off the road and plunged five metres down an embankment.

He was thrown from his machine and struck a log, sustaining fractured ribs and vertebrae injuries.

Police, paramedics and the SES were called to the scene to carry the man to safety and he was taken to Coffs Harbour Health Campus.

Investigators later issued him with a ticket for negligent riding.



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