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Man Injured In Wash. Co. Hunting Accident

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SMITH TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – A man was rushed to the hospital after a Monday morning hunting accident in Washington County.

According to officials, the man was mistakenly shot in the face shortly after 7 a.m in Smith Township.

The victim was not wearing orange at the time because it is not required for this turkey season.

The hunter who fired the shot is experienced and had been out since 4:30 a.m. However, he may have mistaken a turkey call or movements from the victim.

“He called and then he heard a gobble and he doesn’t know whether it was a turkey or the guy actually calling on the call. But, he heard a gobble and he saw the movement and he shot and then he heard the guy scream.The guy that got shot had no orange on so he didn’t even see him at all,” Game Warden Beth Fife said.

The victim was able to come down a hill under his own power to be flown to a Pittsburgh hospital.

There is no word on the man’s condition at this time.

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