Volunteer hurt while searching Oso landslide

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Posted on March 25, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 25 at 4:29 PM

OSO, Wash. -- A volunteer rescue worker was injured Tuesday while working to try and find survivors in the rubble of the deadly landslide in Oso, Wash.

Officials said the volunteer was injured when a small piece of debris was kicked up by a helicopter downdraft and struck him in the head.  He was briefly knocked unconscious.

The victim was transported to an area hospital for evaluation but his injuries did not appear to be serious, authorities said.

Aircraft, dogs and heavy equipment were being used Monday as the search continued for victims of the slide, which sent a mile-wide layer of soft earth crashing into a cluster of homes north of Seattle on Saturday.

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