Tree trimmer dies in 20-ft fall from bucket truck

South Carolina News

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina coroner says a tree trimmer has died in a 20-foot fall from a bucket truck.

The State reports 59-year-old Lewis “Buck” Mcdonald Jr. of Wellford was “ejected” from the bucket truck while on the job. The Spartanburg County Coroner’s Office said in a statement obtained by news outlets Thursday that part of the truck was lifted when the man was thrown from it. Coroner Rusty Clevenger says Mcdonald wasn’t wearing a harness.

Mcdonald died Wednesday night at the scene in a residential area about 12 miles northwest of Spartanburg.

The coroner’s statement says an autopsy and toxicological examination will be administered as is standard following work related deaths.

The Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office and state workplace incident investigators are handling the case.

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