VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — A member of a tree removal crew clearing debris left behind by Hurricane Matthew lost his life Monday when a large log rolled on top of him, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.
The incident occurred shortly before 6 p.m. Monday in the Halifax Plantation community near Ormond Beach in Volusia County’s extreme northeast corner, not far from the border with Flagler County.
Several members of the victim’s crew were working in the neighborhood removing debris and cutting trees that had fallen during the hurricane.
The victim was cutting a tree that was already on the ground when a large piece of the tree rolled on top of him and pinned him underneath, officials said.
A passerby spotted the victim on the edge of Tano Drive and yelled out for help. Co-workers who were working nearby rushed to the victim’s aid and pulled the log off of him. A witness began CPR efforts while awaiting the arrival of paramedics.
The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office’s Communications Center was notified about the incident in a 911 call that came in at 5:48 p.m.
Paramedics and deputies rushed to the site of the accident, but it was too late, they said.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office’s Major Case Unit is investigating. The Volusia County Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
The victim’s name is being withheld until family members can be notified about the death.