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Man killed by fallen tree near Rockwell

ROCKWELL — A 65-year-old man has died after being pinned beneath a fallen tree near Rockwell, authorities say.
Terry Brewer, of 720 Poplar Post Lane, was dead when emergency responders reached him in woods at the end of Hilbert Road, off Holshouser Road near Shive Elementary School. 
Kevin Holshouser, assistant chief of the Rockwell Rural Fire Department, said Brewer and his wife were at 705 Hilbert Road, where the residents had given Brewer permission to cut down a tree on their property for firewood.
Brewer went into the woods about 11 a.m., Holshouser said. When his wife and the homeowner realized around noon they no longer heard his chainsaw, they went to check on Brewer and found him beneath the tree. They called 911.
Holshouser said it was a “rather large” tree that fell on Brewer.
“He was cutting a standing tree,” Holshouser said. “It appears he intended the tree to fall forward. I don’t know what happened. It could have been the wind.”
A person who answered the door at the Hilbert Road home said no one inside wanted to speak to the press.
The property where the accident occurred is about 5 miles from the Brewers’ home.
Check www.salisburypost.com for more information as it becomes available.

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