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.