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Man seriously injured when 600-pound tree falls on him in Duxbury

Airbags were used to help lift the tree off the man.

Duxbury Fire Department

Airbags were used to help lift the tree off the man.

A Duxbury man suffered serious injuries Friday when a 600-pound tree his friend was cutting down fell on top of him, authorities aid.

The middle-aged man’s friend was cutting down the tree on Temple Street at about 11:45 a.m. The large tree had been standing upright, supported by brush, but then suddenly fell on top of the unidentified man, said Fire Captain Rob Reardon.

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The man was taken by MedFlight to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where he was treated for injuries Reardon described as “serious.”

“When we arrived, he was really stuck under there,” said Reardon. “It was a massive tree.”

Firefighters acted quickly — using airbags and wooden supports to raise the tree. Eventually, rescuers were able to remove the man, said Reardon.

Jacqueline Tempera can be reached at jacqueline.tempera@globe.com. Follow her on twitter @jacktemp
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