By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 9:42 AM on 9th November 2011
WTVW reporter Drew Gardner was doing a storm damage report in Carmi, Illinois, as a man was using a chainsaw near a fallen tree behind him.
But when the remains of a downed tree suddenly snapped back to earth, it took the chainsaw - and the terrified worker - with it.
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Despite falling into a ditch in the struggle, he somehow held on to the chainsaw and did not appear to be hurt.
The tree was one of several in the area that fell during devastating storms, though the exact date of the broadcast could not be determined.
Gardner's description read: 'A man standing behind me has a dangerously close call with a chainsaw during my storm coverage story in Southern Illinois.'
'Play the clip till the end and see it in slow motion.'