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Tree falls on, kills Palm Harbor man

A man was killed in a yard-work accident Monday after a tree fell on him, deputies said.

Dan Paul Butts, 63, and his girlfriend, Beverly Drew, 50, were clearing trees from their back yard at 2950 Leprechaun Lane off Alderman Road in Palm Harbor when a tree fell and a branch impaled him, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies responded to a deceased person call around 3:15 p.m.

After Butts had cut the tree with a chain saw, authorities said Drew got into their Ford SUV and began pulling the tree with an attached rope. She heard a scream and saw Butts beneath the tree.

Drew called 911 and attempted CPR, according to the Sheriff's Office. Butts was pronounced dead at the scene.

Tree falls on, kills Palm Harbor man 06/17/13 [Last modified: Monday, June 17, 2013 6:57pm]
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