Injured youth corps worker expected to recover

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A Rocky Mountain Youth Corps worker injured Thursday is expected to make a full recovery, Corps Executive Director Gretchen Van De Carr said Tuesday. Colin Davidson, 20, of St. Clair, Mich., had worked with the corps since March.

Davidson was working on a saw team removing beetle-killed trees from Storm Mountain Ranch when one tree fell awkwardly and hit another, Van De Carr said. The second tree fell and struck Davidson, who sustained a broken collarbone and other broken bones, she said.

He was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center and later airlifted to St. Anthony Central Hospital in Denver. He's still in the intensive care unit, Van De Carr said. Davidson has not needed surgery, she said. Doctors expect him to be hospitalized at least a month. Davidson is in serious condition, St. Anthony spokeswoman Bev Lilly said Tuesday afternoon.

Davidson's mother is with him, and Van De Carr said she hopes to raise money to help her stay with her son throughout his recovery.

Everyone responded appropriately to the emergency, Van De Carr said. Workers receive a week of training before starting, and they receive additional training on the job, Van De Carr said.

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