Man breaks neck in logging accident on Dall Island

Posted: Wednesday, August 01, 2001

KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A Port Angeles, Wash., man broke his neck in a logging accident on Dall Island but was released from a Seattle hospital Monday without any paralysis.

Ernie Thompson, 43, was injured Thursday while cutting a log, according to his daughter, Erin Thompson. She said the log broke during the cutting, throwing Thompson, who landed on his head. No one was around, so Thompson crawled to a road to wait for someone to find him, the daughter said.

Thompson was airlifted to a Ketchikan hospital before he was transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Susan Gregg-Hanson of Harborview said Monday that Thompson had a lower neck fracture and was being discharged with an orthopedic device to support his neck area.

On this job on Dall Island, southwest of Prince of Wales Island, Thompson was working for Bob Hildebrandt of Sea Island Cutting, the daughter said.

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