WARREN COUNTY, MS (WLBT) – A logger was killed by a falling tree while working in Warren County.
Sheriff Martin Pace said 39 year old McKinley Martin of Hamburg died Saturday, on his birthday, while cutting trees on Kings Point Island. That's located about four miles west of Vicksburg.
The island is comprised of mostly timber and deer camps.
Officials say the Franklin county resident was working for M & M Farms of Bude when the accident happened shortly after noon.
Sheriff Pace said McKinley had just set aside his saw and stopped for lunch.
As he walked away, crew members told investigators that a giant Gum tree fell hitting him from behind. The logger suffered head injuries.
The tree was reportedly 12" to 14" in diameter.
Authorities said the fallen tree had not been worked on by the crew. They do not know what caused it to come crashing to the ground.
McKinley was wearing a hard hat.
He was later pronounced dead in the emergency room of River Region Medical Center. The death is being investigated as an accident.
Copyright 2011 WLBT. All rights reserved.