According to WBBJ-TV, a Humboldt city employee was killed on August 31 when a tree fell on him.
The television station reported that the victim, 70, a prominent resident who went by the nickname Rockin’ Chair, was injured working on a project on Viking Drive behind Humboldt High School.
Humboldt Mayor Marvin Sikes said that the workers were there to remove a “rotten tree.” Sikes said that the victim was pulling some vines out of the tree when it fell on him.
The victim was airlifted to a Memphis hospital after the incident where he later died. Many in the area said they had known the victim since his childhood. “His personality, you would never forget the guy, and then with a name like ‘Rockin’ Chair,’ you’ll never forget who he is,” fellow Humboldt city worker Justin Rehmert said, according to WBBJ.
The accident remains under investigation. WBBJ reported that it is the first time a city employee in Humboldt had died in a workplace accident.
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