DANVERS — A man working on a new home on Twin Echo Lane was severely injured when his leg was caught under an excavator Friday morning, police said.

The 69-year-old man, whose name was not being released by police as of late Friday afternoon, was flown to a Boston hospital, Danvers police Lt. Ashley Sanborn said.

The accident occurred behind 5 Twin Echo Lane, a cul de sac off Centre Street not far from Route 1 south, at 10:20 a.m., Sanborn said. 

Sanborn said investigators are still trying to determine exactly how the accident occurred. Besides Danvers police and firefighters, a representative of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration went to the scene. 

The worker suffered a "serious compound fracture" and the Fire Department requested MedFlight, according to scanner reports. 

The medical helicopter landed on a field adjacent to the Highlands School shortly before 11 a.m. Sanborn said parents were sent an alert advising them that the helicopter landing was not related to anything at the school.  

Sanborn said it appeared that the man was an independent contractor working on the job site, but had no other details as to exactly what he was doing when his leg was trapped. 

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