Chainsaw accident marks third death related to Hurricane Dorian in NC


NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A chainsaw accident turned deadly Saturday when a contractor from Florida was severely injured in the neck while cutting down trees at a Wilmington home.

The contractor, identified as 54-year-old Christopher Carlton George of Tallahassee, was hired to remove storm debris at a home at 1975 N. Kerr Avenue.

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The debris was left behind by Hurricane Dorian which moved through the region Thursday and Friday morning spawning tornadoes in some areas in coastal North Carolina and downing lots of trees.

On Monday, WWAY News obtained the 911 call to the New Hanover County Public Safety Communications Center in which a caller reported, “He is not breathing, apparently he had a problem with his chainsaw, he needs help, we need an ambulance like, now.”

The homeowner discovered George on the ground.

Lt. Jerry Brewer, a spokesman for the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, said George was injured when the chainsaw cut his neck around 1:36 p.m.

In the 911 call, the operator asked, “Alright, you said he is not breathing, correct?”

The caller responded, “Correct.”

The 911 operator instructed the caller to do chest compressions until paramedics arrived.

Brewer said George later died as a result of his injuries.

This is the state’s third death related to Hurricane Dorian.