A Newton man was injured and taken by air ambulance to Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines on Monday evening after authorities said he slipped and fell into a ravine in the woods behind his home, near Green Acres, in the 1200 block of North 19th Avenue East.
According to Newton Fire Department officials at the scene, the man was in stable condition at the time he was airlifted around 5:15 p.m. from the parking lot of TPI Composites.
Newton Police Officer Kyle Lovan assisted firefighters and paramedics as they went into the woods behind the man’s property at around 4:20 p.m. to attempt the rescue.
“The homeowner was trying to cross a creek on a wet log and fell off of it,” Lovan said. “He landed at the bottom of the ravine. I know he hit his head, so he is bleeding from his head, but he’s alert and conscious.”
First responders and NPD officials have not yet released the identity of the man airlifted in the incident or the extent of his injuries, but after he was loaded into a ground ambulance at the scene, Newton Fire and other officials moved all emergency vehicles across the street into the TPI parking lot to wait for the air ambulance.
Mercy Air One was on the ground for only 15 minutes before they secured the man and left the scene.
The Newton Daily News will provide further updates on the incident as they become available.
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