Published DateNEW HAMPTON — A Sanbornton man remains in critical condition at Dartmouth Hitchcock Memorial Hospital in Lebanon one day after a tree crushed his car as he was driving along Old Bristol Road, said Police Chief Merritt "Doug" Salmon.
He said Thomas Ochs, 69, was driving a Toyota Camry when a felled tree landed on his car.
Salmon said a homeowner had hired David Fernandes, 39, of Danbury to cut some trees on in his yard. He said Fernandes notched the tree to fall in a different direction but it got caught in the branches of another tree and fell across the road instead
Salmon said the car careened left and came to rest perched precariously on a stone wall. he said firefighters had to stabilize the car before they could extricate Ochs.
Ochs was taken by a DHART helicopeter that landed on a playing field at New Hamton School and flew him to the hospital. Salmon said Ochs wife got a cut and was treated and released at Lakes Region General Hospital.
He said the incident remains under investigation.