Garland man struck on head by falling tree while helping friends clear land

By Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff
Posted Feb. 23, 2013, at 6:23 p.m.

GARLAND, Maine – A town man suffered a serious head injury when he was struck by a falling tree as he helped friends clear land at a house on Exeter Road on Saturday, state police said.

Bryant Drew, 34, of Garland, was flown by LifeFlight helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center from an open field next to the former Garland Elementary School after the accident occurred at 1:15 p.m., said state police Trooper Trevor Snow.

He was in critical condition on Saturday night at EMMC and discharged to another facility on Sunday, hospital officials said.

Drew was apparently cutting down a tree that had a trunk about half a foot thick when the falling tree struck another and hit him on the back of the head, Snow said.

Two friends he was there helping immediately went to his aid and called 911, Snow said.

“They did what they could,” said Snow, who is assigned to Troop E in Orono.

Drew was reported unconscious at the scene.

Garland is a Penobscot County town with a population of about 1,000, according to a recent census. It is south of Dover-Foxcroft and northwest of Old Town.

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