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Lake Placid man hit by falling tree

Don Mellor is well known as pioneering rock climber and author

August 31, 2012

LAKE PLACID - A local man had to be airlifted to a Vermont hospital following a tree-cutting accident Thursday evening.

Officials at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, Vt., said this morning that Don Mellor is listed in good condition. They declined to elaborate on the extent of his injuries.

Mellor is a well-known rock climber and the author of the "Climbing in the Adirondacks" guidebook as well as "American Rock." He also teaches at Northwood School. The school's headmaster, Ed Good, said the school community is aware of the accident.

"Our understanding is that he is to be released shortly," Good said this morning.

The Lake Placid Volunteer Fire Department and Lake Placid Volunteer Ambulance Service responded to an emergency call at about 4:46 p.m. Thursday at Mellor's home, 712 Averyville Lane, where the homeowner had been injured while cutting down a tree. Firefighters couldn't confirm the identity of the homeowner.

Firefighters said part of the tree struck the homeowner and knocked him to the ground. Emergency personnel had to remove sections of the tree before Mellor could be extricated. An ambulance then transported him to a nearby field on Averyville Lane, where a North Country Life Flight helicopter was waiting.

Firefighters couldn't provide additional information about the man's injuries this morning, but an official with the fire department said they "caused enough alarm that he needed to go to a trauma center."

The 16 firefighters who responded returned to their firehouse by 5:43 p.m.



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