A Columbia City man hurt his back and leg Friday morning after he
fell from a tree stand.
Indiana Conservation officers report that Jason Branning, 36, was
hunting from an elevated climbing stand around 8:50 a.m. Friday when
cables securing the stand to a tree broke free. Branning and the
tree stand fell 24 feet to the ground. He was able to use his cell
phone to call a friend who was hunting nearby for help.
Emergency personnel from several agencies helped find Branning
and move him out of the woods. He was taken to Parkview Whitley
Hospital and later transferred to Fort Wayne Lutheran Hospital with
leg and back injuries.
Branning was not wearing a safety harness while in his tree
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