Posted: Monday, August 13th 2012 at 2:42pm
Habersham Co. man killed in tree-cutting accident
By Dean Dyer
SAUTEE-NACOOCHEE – A Habersham County man died as a result of a tree-trimming accident in the Skylake area of White County Monday morning.
White County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Tim Chapman said 41-year-old Allan Keith Dodgins died as a result of the accident. Dodgins was the owner of Soque Tree Service in Demorest.
According to Chapman, medical officials said Dodgins died of blunt force trauma to the chest and abdomen.
Officials said Dodgins was clearing trees along the roadway in the Skylake community when the accident occurred.
White County Fire Chief Dickie Howard said the victim was about 40 feet up in the tree.
Howard said the tree top rolled and struck Dodgins, who was knocked inverted.
According to Howard, another tree climber was in the area and was called to help in the rescue, which included a ladder truck from Helen Fire Department.
An AirLife helicopter was called and remained on standby on the Skylake dam.
As rescuers were getting Dodgins down, he reportedly went into cardiac arrest and was transported by ground ambulance to Habersham Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
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