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Worker injured in 100-foot fall

Decatur EMS and MedFlight crews load a critically injured contractor aboard a medical helicopter following an accident at Bunge on Wednesday afternoon.

Lt. Frank DeButy, a Decatur police spokesman, said Kim Dodson, 56, is an employee of Insulation Refractory Service of Salado, Ark.

"He was working adjacent to a conveyor belt. He had a harness on. He was working up high. Somehow, the harness got caught in a conveyor belt and it flung him, according to the officer (at the scene), more than 100 feet to the ground.

"When he landed on the ground, his head landed on a board with nails sticking out of it," DeButy said.

Dodson remained in critical condition at Huntsville Hospital's neurological intensive care unit late Wednesday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

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