Man felling tree in Lakewood killed when top half of 90-foot tree pins him

A tree service worker was killed Saturday afternoon while trying to fell a dead tree in Lakewood, authorities and neighbors said.

The accident occurred about noon in the 11300 block of Tower Road Southwest, a residential area that is heavily forested.

The man was working about 50 feet up a 90-foot tree at the time, according to West Pierce Fire & Rescue spokeswoman Hallie McCurdy. The top half of the tree was attached to a crane.

When the worker severed the top 40-foot section of the tree, it swung back toward him and pinned him against the still-standing section he was attached to.

The man was pronounced dead on scene. Fire crews brought his body down to ground level.

Craig Sailor has worked for The News Tribune for 20 years as a reporter, editor and photographer. He previously worked at The Olympian and at other newspapers in Nevada and California.