In Lee: Logger pulled from beneath machine, suffers broken leg

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LEE -- A logger working alone suffered a broken leg Saturday morning after being trapped for nearly two hours beneath a logging machine in East Lee.

Shortly before 7 a.m., Pete Jablonsky, his address not immediately available, was operating a skidder in a forested area near 1975 Cape Street (Route 20), about a half-mile north of the road, according to local police and fire officials. Lee Fire Chief Alan Sparks says Jablonsky's logging vehicle hit a rock, the impact throwing him from the four-wheeled machine underneath one of the tires. About an hour later, two nearby homeowners were outside and heard Jablonsky's cry for help.

The two men jumped onto their all terrain vehicles and rode into the woods toward the sound of the victim's voice. Upon discovering the logger, one of the men called 911 on his cell phone.

Sparks says 24 firefighters and emergency medical technicians responded to the scene and by 9 a.m. the rescuers had extricated the victim from beneath the skidder. Jablonsky was taken to Berkshire Medical Center where hospital officials Saturday afternoon listed him in stable condition.


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