A MAN cut himself free with a chainsaw after a tree fell on top of him and trapped his legs.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said the man was 'incredibly lucky' to escape serious injury in the accident, on Tuesday, August 8.

An air ambulance was called to the woodland, near Stud Lane, Abberley, Worcestershire, and flew the man to hospital.

An ambulance spokesman said: "Once with the patient, ambulance staff found a man who had been pinned underneath a tree by his legs.

"Luckily, the man had managed to use his chainsaw to cut the tree into pieces to release himself.

"The man, in his 30s, was conscious and breathing and had sustained leg injuries.

"The team carried the man up an embankment to the awaiting helicopter, which had landed nearby, before he was airlifted to Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

"Given the nature of the incident, the man was incredibly lucky not to have suffered more serious injuries.”

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the scene at 12.50pm and dispatched an ambulance, a paramedic officer, a local community first responder, from Eardiston, Worcestershire, a Midlands Air Ambulance, from Strensham, and a hazardous area response team.

The staff met the patient's friends at a rendezvous point and used their 4x4 vehicle to get into the woods.

Paramedics gave the patient pain relief and then strapped him into a body-splint stretcher to move him to the embankment.