Idaho Man Killed By Falling Tree - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Idaho Man Killed By Falling Tree

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Boise County authorities say a Pocatello man was killed Monday from injuries suffered when part of a tree fell the wrong way and landed on top of him.

Chief Deputy Dale Rogers identified the victim as 54-year-old Robert Lynn Butterfield.

Investigators say Butterfield was working with a tree service hired by Idaho Power to chop down trees near power lines. The mishap occurred at a subdivision a few miles south of Idaho City

The crew had apparently tied the tree and made an initial cut that was deep enough to bring down the tree. After making another cut, the tree fell in an unexpected direction, landing on Butterfield.

The accident is being investigated by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

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