Helicopter company worker hit by rotor blade

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Updated: 8/19/2014 8:57 pm

LAKESIDE, Ore. (AP) — The Coos County sheriff's office says a man was hit in the head by a helicopter's rotor blade in an accident at an airport in the southern Oregon community of Lakeside.

Staff Sgt. Pat Downing said Tuesday that the man was injured Monday and taken to a nearby hospital, then flown to Oregon Health & Science University hospital in Portland. The man was not identified.

Downing says a helicopter owned by PJ Helicopters of Red Bluff, California, had landed at the Lakeside Airport and powered down to refuel. As it was refueling, a rotor blade struck a company employee in the head. The company's answering service said Tuesday evening that no one was immediately available to comment on the man's condition.

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