CARTHAGE — A local logger was injured Friday when he jumped off his rolling logging truck and hit his head, Franklin County sheriff’s Cpl. Nate Bean said.

Keith Howard, 66, was treated and released at Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington, a nursing supervisor said Friday night.

Bean said Howard was logging a mile up on a ridge off Basin Road. He was on the crane part of the loaded truck and did not have the parking brake fully engaged. He started to lift one of the support feet, and the truck started to slide sideways on a steep embankment. Howard jumped off, landed on his head and lost consciousness, Bean said.

William Howard of New Vineyard, who works with his father, set the parking brake and called emergency responders, the officer said.

The accident was reported at 11:06 a.m. It occurred about 3 miles up on Basin Road, which is off Route 2 near the Dixfield line and a mile up on a ridge in the woods, he said.

East Dixfield firefighters used a four-wheel-drive vehicle to get to Howard, he said.  Med-Care ambulance took him to the hospital in Farmington. 

Bean said he reported the accident to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Bean was assisted by Maine State Police Trooper Keith Barton, he said.

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