Man injured by falling limb remains in critical condition
ROCKWELL ó The owner of a tree-cutting service injured when a falling limb hit him in the head remained in critical condition Monday.
Charles Shoaf was hit in the head Friday morning as he and employees trimmed limbs from several trees in the front yard at 7875 Rob Ward Road.
Shoaf was taken to the W.G. (Bill) Hefner Salisbury VA Medical Center by ambulance and then airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem.
Employee Mike Thomas said just after the incident that he didnít have time to act when the limb he was cutting fell.
ěIt was too late. I didnít see him. I donít know why he walked under me when he heard the chainsaw running.î
Thomas had been cutting a series of limbs from a tree, and Shoaf was taking a rope around to the other side when he was hit.
The 44-year-old Shoaf is also the president and founder of Grace Recovery Center, a Christian rehabilitation center.