Hudson man suffers cuts, possible broken bones when deck collapses

Posted Aug. 18, 2012, at 5:39 p.m.

HUDSON, Maine — A Pierce Road man suffered cuts and possible broken bones when a second-story deck he was installing collapsed on him on Saturday, a town firefighter said.

The man, whom Hudson Fire Department Lt. Brad Fitzgerald identified only as being in his 40s and possibly the homeowner, was underneath the deck working on its supports when one of the supports gave way. The call reporting the accident came in shortly after 2 p.m., Fitzgerald said.

The man suffered several cuts to his head and face and possible broken bones in his legs. G & H Ambulance Service took the man to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Fitzgerald said.

The man is lucky that he wasn’t hurt worse, Fitzgerald said.

“With everything I saw, the man was very fortunate with what happened,” Fitzgerald said Saturday. “That’s based on the situation, the height where the deck was located. He was fortunate to have the amount of family members there at the time that he did to help him when it collapsed.”

It was unclear to Fitzgerald whether the man was trapped under the deck after it fell and the large group of family members who were there rescued him or if he was able to get out from under the deck by himself. When firefighters arrived, the man was out from under the deck, Fitzgerald said. Family members called 911.

The deck was square, approximately 6 feet by 6 feet, and was being placed near a second-story bedroom, Fitzgerald said.

“We are not talking a huge deck. I would call it more of a patio type,” he said.

The house is two stories and located on a dirt section of Pierce Road — basically a camp road — near Corinth Road, Fitzgerald said.

The first volunteer firefighters arrived on scene about 2:15 p.m. and treated the man. The ambulance arrived about 15 minutes later, Fitzgerald said.

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