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Tractor accident victim in critical condition Friday morning

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A 67-year-old rural Beldenville man was transported to Regions Hospital in St. Paul from the scene of an apparent tractor accident in the town of River Falls late Thursday afternoon.

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Gary G. Gilbertson was found laying on the ground next to his farm tractor in a wooded area off 750th Street in the town of River Falls.

He had been attempting to knock over a tree limb with his tractor and loader when the limb slipped off the loader bucket and struck him.

A Pierce County dispatcher received an emergency call from a farmstead on 750th Street off CTH W, about 3:50 p.m. The caller requested help for someone injured on or near a tractor. Gilbertson told a deputy he'd laid for about an hour before help was called.

A medical helicopter was summoned but after EMS personnel arrived, the decision was made to transport Gilbertson by ground ambulance directly to Regions.

A hospital spokeswoman said Gibertson was listed in critical condition.

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