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Falling tree kills man in Switzerland County
Courier Staff Report
Wednesday, April 02, 2014 11:00 AM
An Osgood man was killed Tuesday in a logging accident in Switzerland County.
Richard E. Hunter died after an accident on property adjacent to Drakes Ridge Road in Pleasant Township in Switzerland County.
At 11:18 a.m., the Switzerland County Sheriff's Office 9-1-1 Center received a report of an injured man who was pinned under a tree that had fallen.
Hunter was employed by a logging company based out of Batesville. Police believe that Hunter had attempted to cut a tree down, but it got hung up in another tree.
Hunter then attempted to cut down another tree which was blocking the tree from falling safely to the ground.
When Hunter moved around the tree for his final cut, the tree shifted and fell to the ground striking and pinning him.
The accident is currently under investigation by the Switzerland County Sheriff's Office assisted by Switzerland County Coroner's Office.
Other units assisting at the scene were members of the East Enterprise Fire Department, Moorefield Fire Department and Switzerland County EMS.
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