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Clayton Man Injured By Fallen Tree

Posted February 4, 2007

— A Clayton man suffered serious injuries when a tree he was trimming fell on top of him early Sunday afternoon.

According to Johnston County authorities, the man was trimming tree branches in his yard at 808 Creekside Drive  about 1:45 p.m. when the large oak tree fell on him.

The man was taken to an area hospital. His name and condition are unknown.

Authorities are trying to determine the exact cause of the accident, but it is believed that a large gust of wind directed the tree to fall in the wrong direction.

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  • kc4wcd Feb 14, 2007

    When you know how to do something you don't have to pay someone else to do the job. This man knew what he was doing and he was good at it. Accidents do happen, that is why they call them accidents. You know this is the same man that saved a woman from certain death a few years ago when her car went into a creek and she almost drown. I think it was near Crabtree I guess he should have waited for the professionals for that to.

  • tarheelblue919 Feb 5, 2007

    my father has been trimming trees and behind a chainsaw for over 30 years for a career and for extra money. even if this man was a professional it still could have happened. my father is known for his skills amoung the community, and even he has had accidents. ITS PART OF THE JOB-regardless of how trained you are or how cheap you may be....there are alot of factors to consider in cutting trees.

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  • JessGH Feb 4, 2007

    aemcgarv, thanks for writing in on this man's behalf. People are quick to blame the victim of accidents like this. Probably in order to reassure themselves that such an accident could not possibly happen to them as long as they are smart. Well, sometimes accidents, bad accidents, happen to even the nicest and most well-intentioned people. I hope this guy comes out of this okay!

  • aemcgarv Feb 4, 2007

    for the record, i know the man who was trimming the tree and he wasn't doing it in his yard to save some money; he was helping a neighbor out. secondly, he happens to have spent a number of years in a similar line of work and is VERY aware of the dangers and also VERY capable of doing this work. so the "moral of THIS tale" is don't make assumptions of others when you don't have all the details.

  • ChesneyFan Feb 4, 2007

    dr_nc i agree. sometimes folks have more money than they have sense. part of the reason tree trimming is so expensive, look at the danger involved. I hope this man is going to be ok, probably realizes now it would've been ALOT cheaper to hire someone.

  • drnc Feb 4, 2007

    I have a good friend who is a physician. He is also the cheapest man on the planet. Rather than hire someone to clean his gutters, he decided to do it himself and save $25. Long story short, he falls off the roof and lands on his head - literally. Broke 3 vertebras in his back. Two surgeries and 6 months later he is back at work part time. The moral of this tale is hire someone that does dangerous work for a living. They have the tools and experience for the job.