Man killed when tree he was cutting lands on him

STANLEY, N.C. (AP) - Authorities in Gaston County say a 35-year-old man was killed when a tree he was cutting down landed on top of him after it fell into a second tree.

Gaston County Police Sgt. Myron Shelor said Michael Scott Wyatt was in Stanley cutting down a large tree on an embankment Friday around 9:15 a.m. They said that tree fell into another one, and the momentum of that fall caused the first tree to swing back and strike Wyatt and pin him underneath it.

Shelor said other employees of Lincoln County-based Dustin Ellis Logging called for help. He said the workers tried to cut the tree off Wyatt, but he was already dead by the time paramedics arrived.

No one else was hurt in the incident. An investigation is continuing.

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