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Falling tree kills Raleigh hunter in Idaho

Posted November 3, 2017 11:22 a.m. EDT
Updated November 3, 2017 5:10 p.m. EDT

— A Raleigh man hunting in central Idaho was killed Wednesday when a tree fell on top of him as he was sleeping, authorities said.

Authorities with the Custer County Sheriff's Office say 67-year-old Kenneth Lawrence "Larry" Horton was hunting with family members in the Salmon-Challis National Forest when the dead tree fell, causing a chest injury.

The sheriff's office dispatched ambulances and a search and rescue unit to his location nearly 12 miles west of Challis.

"Efforts were made to help Larry, but he only had minutes left. Guides and family watched on helplessly as Larry struggled to survive," a news release from Custer County Search and Rescue states.

Air ambulance personnel reported Horton dead Wednesday afternoon, and he was taken to a funeral home in Challis.