BELGRADE — A local man was seriously injured Monday when he fell
from a tree stand while hunting on his family's property.
William Wadleigh, 58, was taken by ambulance to Central Maine
Medical Center in Lewiston after suffering a broken hip and a broken
back, according to Game Warden Steve Allarie of the Department of
Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
A hospital spokeswoman said she could not confirm Wadleigh was a
patient, but family members told Allarie that Wadleigh is expected
to undergo surgery and be released later this week.
The accident happened about 3:30 p.m. Monday as Wadleigh was
hunting alone from a tree stand on his family's Manchester Road
"The seat was very high of the ground," Allarie said. "He may
have (briefly) gone unconscious, but he was able to call for help
with a cell phone."
Family members then called 911. Belgrade fire and rescue crews
hand-carried a stretcher several hundred yards out of the woods,
Wardens have not yet determined why Wadleigh fell out of the
stand. The investigation is ongoing, Allarie said.
Rifle deer hunting season ended Saturday. Wadleigh was hunting
with a black powder muzzle loader. The muzzle loader season, which
began Monday, ends Dec. 10.
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