A Searsmont man is in critical condition at a Bangor hospital after being hit by a tree while cutting wood off Higgins Hill Road Feb. 18.

At about 3:40 p.m., Travis Marriner, 33, and his father were cutting wood when a tree came down and hit the younger Marriner in the head, according to Morrill Fire Chief Pat Scribner.

Marriner suffered possible facial and chest injuries as well as a broken left leg, according to Chief Deputy Bob Keating of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office. Marriner was taken by rescue helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center.

The accident occurred in the vicinity of 194 Higgins Hill Road, Keating said.

The two men cutting wood were about a quarter-mile into the woods beyond a field, which made locating them somewhat difficult, Scribner said.

“We were told that we would be able to hear the skidder, but we couldn’t until we were quite a ways into the woods,” Scribner said.

Rescue crews had to use a backboard to carry Marriner out of the woods, where he was then placed onto the back of a pickup truck and taken into the field to meet a LifeFlight of Maine helicopter.

Marriner was listed in critical condition the morning of Feb. 19, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Lt. Jason Trundy and Deputy Gene Rega responded to the scene, according to Keating. He said Belfast Rescue and the Maine State Police also responded to the call.

The Republican Journal reporter Kim Lincoln can be reached at klincoln@villagesoup.com or 338-3333.