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Man injured in hunting accident improves

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Last update: November 27, 2005

The condition of a 69-year-old Sanford man who was critically injured on a hunting trip in Pierson has improved, a hospital official said Saturday.

Joseph Hart, who was hunting in Pierson off Tree Forest Court, was shot in the leg when his 27-year-old grandson, Joseph Cogburn, tried to unload his weapon, Volusia County sheriff's officials said.

Hart was airlifted in critical condition by a sheriff's helicopter to Halifax Medical Center Friday night but his condition had improved Saturday. Hart was listed in satisfactory condition, a nursing supervisor said.

U.S. 17 was shut down briefly after police and emergency officials responded to the call about 6 p.m., said EVAC spokesman Mark O'Keefe said.

A sport utility vehicle had to be used to get Hart out of the woods and to the helicopter, O'Keefe said.

The accident is still under investigation but it's unlikely charges will be filed, Volusia County Sheriff's Office spokesman Gary Davidson said.


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