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Video: Mass. responders use drone camera, ATV to rescue hiker

Upton police, fire and EMS members and mutual aid partners carried the man out of a wooded area and transported him to a hospital


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By Luis Fieldman

UPTON, Mass. — Police in Upton used a drone camera to find an injured hiker in a wooded conservation area on Tuesday.

The Upton Police Department published drone footage of the rescue effort, which involved firefighters and emergency medical service personnel, along with mutual aid partners from Hopkinton, Hopedale and Grafton, according to the Upton police.

Authorities received a call at about 8 a.m. on Tuesday for a 54-year-old man with a lower leg fracture, according to Upton Police Chief Michael Bradley. The police department deployed an all-terrain vehicle and a drone to find the man in a wooded area off East Street near Peppercorn Hill Conservation Area.

First responders carried the man nearly a mile out of the wooded area due to the difficult terrain, Upton police said. The hiker was taken to Milford Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Upton is a town of 8,000 located about 15 miles Southeast of Worcester.

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