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Johnston County tree trimmer killed in 65-foot fall from bucket truck

Posted February 27

A Johnston County tree trimmer was killed when he was thrown from a bucket truck Monday morning.
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— A Johnston County tree trimmer was killed when he was thrown from a bucket truck Monday morning.

Family members said Kenneth Earl Vick, 65, was working with his brother at a home at 402 Dixie Drive in Selma when a gust of wind caused the top of the tree he was cutting to crash into the lift truck, throwing him about 65 feet to the ground.

A rented machine also toppled to the ground during the incident, family members said.

Family members said Vick was the co-owner of Country Boy Tree Service and was well-known in Johnston, Wilson and Wayne counties. He was also the co-owner of Kenly Appliances in Kenley.

Selma police and OSHA are investigating the death.


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  • Mary Meadows Feb 28, 7:18 a.m.
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    Sometimes things are just accidents. My cousin owns a tree business and it is real dangerous work. Her husband also owns with her and both have to have all types of educ and certifications (Md) Despite doing it for 30 years he once also fell out of a tree and broke both ankles.

  • Marie Brandsdorfer Feb 27, 9:16 p.m.
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    Prayers for his family.
    May God be with you now.

  • Steve Allen Feb 27, 8:36 p.m.
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    Prayers for him and his family.

  • Jeffrey Derry Feb 27, 7:58 p.m.
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    so sad, tree work dangerous, this is a job where you have to think safety every second. prayers for the deceased

  • Donald Holder Feb 27, 5:56 p.m.
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    I'm sure there's something that he was supposed to do to prevent this but I don't know what. I'm sure OSHA will find something though.

  • Janet Ghumri Feb 27, 5:30 p.m.
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    So tragic. Prayers for the family! God rest his soul.