Man killed in tree trimming accident

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A 79-year-old man from Greenwood was killed this morning when a large tree he was trimming fell and struck him. Bill Maxwell was trimming trees by a creek bed on his property, just down the hill from his home, when the accident occurred about 9:30 a.m. The farm is located in the 1200 block of Farm Road 1204, a couple miles west of Farm Road 51. Family, friends and neighbors gathered on a rolling hill of the farm as emergency responders investigated the accident. Greenwood/Slidell Volunteer Fire Department, Wise County Medics and members of Wise County Sheriff’s Office all responded. Wind was gusting from the west up to 22 miles per hour. Maxwell lived at the home alone, and according to family, stayed busy working and tending the property where he also raised a small herd of goats.

Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Messenger photo by Joe Duty





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