Paul Stewart

Paul Stewart

SPOFFORD — A local resident and prominent former business owner in the region is recovering today from injuries suffered during a tree-cutting accident at his home Friday morning.

Paul Stewart, 71, suffered serious leg injuries when a tree he was attempting to cut down kicked out toward him unexpectedly, striking him just below his knees, according to his wife, Rhonda.

She said his injuries included a broken tibia in his right leg, a shattered left knee cap, possible ligament damage in his left leg and lacerations.

Stewart was about 50 yards into the woods behind his house when the accident happened, his wife said. He was able to somehow get back to the house where he called for help, she said.

Stewart was taken by ambulance to Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene. He has since been taken to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon.

Stewart owned and operated Paul’s Choice, a butcher shop, before he and his wife sold the business in 2010. He first opened the business on Marlboro Street in Keene and later relocated to Court Street, where it is located still.

The accident was reported at about 11 a.m., according to dispatchers at Southwestern N.H. District Fire Mutual Aid in Keene.

Meghan Foley can be reached at 352-1234, extension 1436, or mfoley@keenesentinel.com. Follow her on Twitter @MFoleyKS.