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Cortlandt Man Charged After Forklift Prank Leads to Serious Injuries

A man was seriously injured after he and co-worker fooled around with a forklift earlier this month.

A 50-year-old Cortlandt Manor man who severely injured a co-worker while horsing around with a forklift in Montrose is due in court next week.

Westchester County Police arrested the man on Sept. 21 after they responded to a 911 call at 2701 Albany Post Road in Montrose. When police arrived at the scene, they found a man lying on the ground with severe fractures to his left arm that had the bone protruding through his skin, a collapsed lung and other serious injuries.

The suspect, who was at the scene, told police that he went out to drink beer with the injured man. When they came back, the victim got on the forklift and told the Cortlandt Manor man start it up.

The suspect lifted the forklift eight to nine feet in the air, causing the victim to fall.

The injured man was taken to Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla by the Cortlandt Volunteer Ambulance Corps for treatment.

The forklift operator was arrested and charged with counts of second-degree reckless endangerment and third-degree assault. He is scheduled to appear in Cortlandt town court on Oct. 5.

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