A 57-year-old man was seriously injured while clearing snow in Glace Bay after Tuesday's blizzard.

He was operating a front-end loader when it broke down on Dominion Street. He was apparently trying to fix it when he was pinned by the bucket, according to the Glace Bay Fire Department.

Glace Bay fire Chief John Chant, one of the first people on the scene, said the victim was found between the mechanism for the bucket, and the loader itself.

"I guess during the repair, the front-end assembly holding the blade lowered down, pinning the man between the machine and the blade assembly," Chant said.

Chant said first responders were able to extract the man from the machine in just a few minutes. He doesn't know how long the man was pinned before the fire department was notified.

Cape Breton Regional Police said the man was in serious condition when taken to the hospital around 2 p.m.    

Police and the Department of Labour are investigating.