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87-year-old hunter in intensive care after 25-foot fall from tree stand

January 17, 2012

From Hunterdon County Democrat

READINGTON — An 87-year-old Ringoes man was rescued after being severely injured in a 25-foot fall from a tree stand while hunting.

On Saturday, Jan. 14, at about 11:20 a.m., after Readington Police received an emergency 9-1-1 call, rescuers used an all-terrain vehicle equipped with medical gear to get to the man, investigators said. The man was later identified as Harold P. Bush.

Bush was in a wooded area atop Round Valley Mount, about 1.5 miles off the nearest paved road.

The area of the accident was off Creek Road, between the intersections of Old Farm and Mountain roads with Rt. 523, just south of the Municipal Building and Whitehouse Station, according to emergency radio reports.

Because of the steep slope in the area, Bush was placed in a type of stretcher called a “stokes basket” and carried roughly half a mile downhill by about six rescuers to a waiting utility vehicle, a Ford F250 pickup truck, according to Whitehouse Rescue Squad Chief Jeff Herzog.

The truck drove Bush to the State Police’s NorthStar medical evacuation helicopter, which had landed at Cornhuskers Park on Dreahook Road off of Route 523. The helicopter flew Bush to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick to be treated for several internal injuries.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 17, Bush was in the intensive care unit, according Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.

Along with Readington Police, Hunterdon County Paramedics, Whitehouse Rescue Squad and the Whitehouse Fire Department took part in the rescue, authorities said.

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