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An undocumented immigrant, who was hiding in grass, was injured by a tractor mowing vegetation on the sides of the road southwest of Bisbee, authorities said Thursday.

The 27-year-old injured man appeared to have a broken leg and was treated by a Bisbee Fire Department crew before he was taken to a Tucson hospital, said Carol Capas, a Cochise County Sheriff's spokeswoman.

On Aug. 24 at about noon, deputies responded to a report of an accident at the intersection of Wilson Road and Willow Way southwest of Bisbee, Capas said.

During the investigation, authorities learned that a Cochise County Road Department worker was using a tractor to mow the grass in the area. The tractor's safety equipment chain snagged onto the man's leg, said Capas.

The man was dragged about 15 feet before the worker saw him and stopped the machine.

The Cochise County Sheriff's Office and the Bisbee Police Department are conducting a joint investigation into the incident.  

Contact reporter Carmen Duarte at or 573-4104. On Twitter: @cduartestar