Franklin Co. man killed in tree trimming accident

Franklin Co. man killed in tree trimming accident

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.

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