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City worker seriously injured in accident

A city of Woodbury employee was seriously injured Friday when a tree he was cutting down fell on his back, city officials confirmed.

The accident took place around 11:30 a.m. at the west entrance of Woodbury Lakes along Hudson Road, while the male city employee was cutting and removing dead trees in the area.

Woodbury Public Safety emergency personnel responded to the incident and provided assistance to the male employee. He was then transported to the hospital with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries, according to a statement written by Woodbury administration services director Jody Eilertson,

According to the public safety report on the incident, a large tree fell onto the male city worker's back. The tree was removed from his back and he was conscious, but was having difficulty breathing at the scene.

The employee was wearing appropriate safety gear, and following standard operating procedures at the time of the accident, Eilerston wrote.

The city employee had not returned to work as of Monday, city officials said.