BENTON, IL (KFVS) - A Franklin County man died after a tree trimming accident.
According to Coroner Marty Leffler, 48-year-old Todd McWhirter of Buckner was trimming trees for Mysons Tree Service when he fell about 50 feet out of a tree trimming bucket.
It happened around 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday.
Leffler said McWhirter landed on his back and was unresponsive when another employee rushed to his side.
McWhirter was pronounced dead a short time later at a local hospital.
It is not clear if some sort of medical issue prompted the fall or if this was a work related accident, according to Leffler.
McWhirter was not wearing a safety harness.
An autopsy is scheduled for Friday.
The Franklin County Coroner's office and the Benton Police Department are handling the investigation.