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Man killed when tree falls on trackhoe near Clayton

Posted February 28, 2014

A person was killed Friday morning when a tree fell onto the cab of a backhoe in the 12000 block of Buffalo Road near Clayton, Johnston County Sheriff's Office officials said.

— A man was killed Friday morning when a tree fell onto the cab of a trackhoe in the 12000 block of Buffalo Road near Clayton, Johnston County Sheriff's Office officials said.

Emergency officials responded to the area, which is between N.C. Highway 42 and Covered Bridge Road east of downtown Clayton, at about 9:30 a.m. 

The trackhoe appeared to be working in a wooded area to clear trees and brush.

The Johnston County Sheriff's Office identified the man as Phillip Stephen Olive, 43, of Clayton.



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  • SeaDog Feb 28, 2014

    Very sad. Prayers for this man's family.

  • Rolling Along Feb 28, 2014

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    The cabs are designed as rollover protection not to get hit with a couple of tons of falling tree.

  • Gunny the Racist Feb 28, 2014

    Thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.....

    Some of the comments here really demonstrate the lack of intelligence we have in this area.

  • clrracer Feb 28, 2014

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    That post shouldve quoted @OBAMACARE

  • clrracer Feb 28, 2014

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    It was not Fred Smith Company or any related companies.

  • clrracer Feb 28, 2014

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    Excavator cabs are reinforced, but as has been said the size, weight, and force of the falling tree would have more than likely crushed any type of roll cage that could be reasonably installed or incorporated. Prayers to his family and co workers.

  • onna44 Feb 28, 2014

    Just want to send Prayers out to the Family and Friends . He was a good friend to my brother and husband . He will be missed. God Bless Him and his Family!!

  • Obamacare rises again Feb 28, 2014

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    Thick enough steel would have at least absorbed a good amount of the impact and the operator may have been able to walk away. From the pics it looks like he had no protection at all.

  • luvstoQ Feb 28, 2014

    OBAMACARE, Do you actually think that a steel roll bar or cage would be a match for a huge tree??? Sort of naive!

    So sad for the family - as has been posted, no one knows what the day will bring.

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