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Tree trimmer trapped 90 minutes by fallen heavy equipment

Sep 1, 2021, 4:30 PM | Updated: 4:39 pm
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Unified Fire and other agencies work to free a man who was trapped by falling heavy equipment on Wednesday. Photo credit: Unified Fire Authority

SALT LAKE CITY — It took multiple rescue agencies nearly 90 minutes to free a man who was trapped by heavy equipment on Wednesday afternoon.

Unified Fire officials said a private resident was trimming trees near 4600 South and Wasatch Boulevard when he became trapped by heavy equipment that had rolled off a steep embankment and fallen 50 feet toward the worker below.


 Unified Police, Airmed, and Unified Fire’s Heavy Rescue Team which specializes in extrication, responded to the accident.

“They had to set off a lot of airbags just to lift it off the patient, also a winch system … all that specialized technical rescue gear just to get the patient off that steep, steep slope,” said United Fire Spokesman Patrick Costin.

Costin said the victim was able to speak to rescuers during the entire procedure. He was taken to a hospital with serious injuries but in stable condition.

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