Helicopter crashes in Newton County

NEWTON, TX (KTRE) - NEWTON, Texas (AP) - A Texas sheriff says a ground worker was injured when a helicopter used to spray herbicide crashed after refueling and chemical hoses were not disconnected before takeoff.

Newton County Sheriff Joe Walker says the accident happened Wednesday as the two-seat helicopter lifted off north of Newton, about 140 miles northeast of Houston.

Walker told The Associated Press that "those hoses were just like an anchor." The helicopter came to rest on its side.

Walker says a helicopter blade struck the victim in the head and the arm. He was transported to Christus Jasper Memorial Hospital in Jasper. His name and condition were not immediately released.

Walker says the pilot was not hurt.

Walker says a tanker truck is used for refueling.

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