Smith County man trapped under tree, dies


POSTED: Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 12:40pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 11:43pm

A Smith County man hospitalized after he was trapped under a tree on Thursday morning has died.

Fire officials tell KETK that the call came in just before noon.

The victim, Sam Johnson, was cutting a tree down at his property in the 17000 block of Smith County Road 136, when it fell on him, trapping him underneath. The truck of the tree was about 15 inches in diameter, according to authorities.

Joghson's wife used a logging skidder to free him before emergency crews arrived on scene.

Once the first responders arrived, they treated him and sent him to a local hospital in an ambulance.

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