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Worker injured in equipment rollover

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

A contractor working at the landfill on Cloyd’s Mountain was airlifted to a Roanoke hospital Thursday after being involved in an equipment rollover.

The manis employed by HT Bowling in Fairlawn and was helping to prepare a new cell at New River Resources Authority on Route 100 when the 11:23 a.m. incident occurred.

A spokeswoman for HT Bowling said the worker, identified as Antonio Perez-Torres, 33, of Galax, was operating an articulated hauler when it rolled down an embankment. She said the cause of the accident has not been determined, but it appears to have been the result of a mechanical malfunction of the hauler.

According to radio traffic, the equipment rolled 50-60 feet down the embankment, causing Perez-Torres to sustain fractures and a head injury. Lifeguard 11 emergency medical helicopter was dispatched to New River Valley Airport to airlift him to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. He was listed in ….  condition this morning, according to hospital spokesman Eric Earnhart.

Around 2:30 Thursday afternoon, the spokeswoman said Perez-Torres still had not regained consciousness, but she indicated he was more alert Friday morning. She said another employee was with him at the hospital and the superintendent was on his way there.

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