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Sanford man dies from tree accident injuries

Posted Friday, February 11, 2005

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Siler City - A Lee County man died after a tree fell on him at a Siler City home.

Stephen Harold Smith, 35, of 1116 Cedar Lane, was crushed by a falling tree Feb. 3 while working for Tree Masters, a Chatham County-based tree removal service. Employees were removing two trees from the property at the time of the accident.

Smith apparently passed under a falling tree to get some tools, witnesses told police. Smith couldn't hear the tree or his co-workers' warnings because he was wearing ear protection.

Smith was taken to Chatham Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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