2 injured in E. Wenatchee helicopter crash

EAST WENATCHEE — Witnesses say two men were seriously injured when a helicopter working to dry cherries in an East Wenatchee orchard clipped a power line.

The Wenatchee World reported that the crash happened Tuesday afternoon after a brief rainstorm.

Joe Ells and Nathan Goforth were nearby and ran to the crash site. Ells said the helicopter landed upside down.

The injured men were taken to a hospital. No information on their condition was immediately available.

Firefighters called utility crews to service the damaged 100,000-volt power line.

Helicopters are routinely called in the blow moisture off cherries after a rainstorm to keep the cherries from splitting open.

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