Milton worker injured in cutting tree
MILTON — A Milton street employee was injured Wednesday, while working to cut a tree that blocked access to the town’s water tank. It happened about 9:50 a.m. along a rural, unnamed road commonly referred to as Smith Hollow.
The worker was identified as David Black, according to Street Department Supervisor Gerald Clagg.
The two men had noticed a tree laying on a utility line, Clagg said. They cut the tree so as to clear access to the water tank. It had been without electricity due to downed utility lines in the area.
Once they cut the tree, Clagg estimates a 12-foot portion of it slid on the utility line and hit Black.
Milton Volunteer Fire Capt. Bob Legg and Clagg described Black as conscious and talking at the scene. He appeared to have minor injuries. He was taken to an area hospital for treatment.
The two men had needed to check the tank’s water level as electricity is needed to shut off the pump when the tank is full, Clagg said.
The supervisor estimates Black has been employed by the town for more than 20 years.