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Tractor accident victim 'critical', Friday morning

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.

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.