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Injured hunter identified

October 31, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Conservation Officers have investigating a tree stand accident that occurred around 8:50 a.m. Friday morning in Whitley County.
Jason Branning, age 36, from Columbia City, was hunting from an elevated climbing stand when the cables broke free from the tree. Branning fell with his tree stand 24 feet to the ground.
He was able to call a friend who was hunting in nearby woods with his cell phone for help.
Emergency personnel from multiple agencies were on scene to assist with locating and transporting Branning out of the woods.
Branning was taken to Parkview Whitley Hospital and later transferred to Fort Wayne Lutheran Hospital with leg and back injuries.
Branning was not wearing a safety harness while in his tree stand.
Agencies on scene included Whitley County EMS, Thorn Creek Fire Department, Columbia City Police Department, Whitley County Sheriff’s Department and Conservation Officers.

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