Mesquite man dies in timber accident
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Nov. 1, 2004 -- A 70-year-old Mesquite man died Saturday as a result of a timber cutting accident near Miller Grove, which resulted in the man being pinned beneath the tree he was cutting.

Hopkins County sheriff's deputies were called shortly after 6:30 p.m. to the scene of the accident on County Road 1137.

Cpl. Jimmy White and Deputy Rickey Roberts were first to arrive on the scene and discovered the man in a heavily wooded pasture pinned beneath a tree with a chain saw laying upside down across his chest.

They secured the scene and requested investigators and a justice of the peace be sent to the location, as an assessment by officials determined the man to be dead.

Investigators identified the man as Sam Robert Carter of Mesquite.

After talking with the person who made the grim discovery, investigators Lewis Tatum and Jace Anglin determined that the incident was an accident that occurred while the man was trying to cut down a tree above a deer stand.

The investigators said the man had apparently climbed a ladder with a chain saw in order to cut the tree. The top of the tree lodged against another tree as it fell, causing it to get stuck on the way down. The victim was believed to have tied a rope to the tree and was using the chain saw to try to cut it loose when the tree fell, striking Carter as it fell. The tree struck Carter on the back and left shoulder, breaking his neck and pinning him to the ground, investigators said.

Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Yvonne King pronounced Sam Robert Carter dead at the scene shortly after 7 p.m.

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