Man trimming tree dies after rope breaks, ‘catapulting’ him onto pile of wood

Posted at 3:25 PM, Mar 13, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-13 17:25:40-04

WELLSVILLE, Utah – A 50-year-old man died in Wellsville Thursday evening in an accident that occurred as he was trimming a tree with the use of a boom truck, and a witness reports the man fell about 30 feet.

According to a press release from Cache County Sheriff’s Office, the victim was identified as 50-year-old Jeffery Glenn of Wellsville.

The press release states dispatch received a report of the fall around 5:30 p.m., and the fall occurred in the 300 South block of 300 West. Glenn was trimming a tree while using a boom truck, and he had tied a rope to the tree and the boom in an attempt to keep tree limbs away from power lines.

While the man was trimming the tree, the rope broke, “catapulting the victim out of the bucket and onto a pile of wood.”

A nearby witness started CPR and called 911. Emergency responders took the man to Logan Regional Hospital by ambulance, where the man was pronounced dead upon arrival.

“This is a tragic accident for all those involved,” Sheriff Chad Jensen stated in the press release. “The Sheriff’s Office extends its condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Glenn.”

The press release states the incident has been referred to the State Medical Examiner’s office for a determination of the cause of death.