Man dies after falling tree crushes him

Published on Thursday, 13 February 2014 20:22 - Written by From Staff Reports

A Smith County man died Thursday after a falling tree crushed him near Bullard.

Flint-Gresham Fire Assistant Chief Keith Tate said Sam Johnson was cutting a 15-inch diameter tree on his property on County Road 136 when it fell and pinned him.

Tate said the man’s wife used a logging skidder to raise the tree off her husband before emergency crews arrived.

Johnson was transported by ambulance to Trinity Mother Frances Hospital.

Johnson died Thursday evening in the hospital from his injuries, said Sgt. Gerald Caldwell with the Smith County Sheriff’s Office.