Forest workers in Tyrol were injured twice on Wednesday while working in the forest. A 25-year-old fell over a slope on a road in Sölden in the Ötztal, and a tree trunk rolled over a 50-year-old in East Tyrol. Both men were flown to hospital.
The first accident happened around 1 p.m. in a forest area below the Granstein district of Sölden. A local (25) was doing forestry there and was transporting logs when he fell, probably through his own fault. He then fell about 30 meters from a steep bank to the Ötztalstrasse, which lies below and fortunately for him is currently closed.
The 25-year-old was injured and briefly lost consciousness. The rescue helicopter flew the worker to Zams Hospital after first aid.
The injured man dragged himself home
About two and a half hours later, another accident occurred in Unterpeischlach in Kals am Großglockner in East Tyrol: a 50-year-old forest worker was working with his chainsaw in a steep stretch of forest near his home. While trying to cut apart a tree lying in the valley, he was run over in the steep terrain by a trunk about 55 centimeters thick.
The 50-year-old also fell unconscious for a short time. When, despite his injuries, he regained consciousness, he climbed to his house under his own power and from there notified the emergency services. The local was then flown to the Innsbruck clinic.