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Athens man killed by falling tree

October 9, 2019 02:17 pm

CATSKILL — A Greene County man was killed Tuesday afternoon in a tree-cutting accident, state police said Wednesday.

Robert Ellett, 61, of Athens, was attempting to cut down a large, dead pine tree at a location on Game Farm Road at about 1 p.m., according to state police.

“As he was using a come-along type winch, the tree snapped and struck him in the head causing a fatal injury,” state police Public Information Officer Steven Nevel said in a statement Wednesday.

Greene County Coroner Richard Vigilo pronounced Ellett dead at the scene.

“A branch broke off the tree and broke his neck,” Vigilo confirmed Wednesday.

Ellett was transported to Ellis Hospital in Schenectady where Dr. Jeffrey Hubbard examined the body.

In addition to state police, Catskill Ambulance responded to the scene.