Tree trimmer dies after falling 50 feet

A tree trimmer is dead after falling from a bucket truck.

The Franklin County, Illinois, coroner says 48-year-old Todd McWhirter of Buckner was trimming trees near Immanuel Baptist Church on North Main Street in Benton when he fell about 50 feet.

An autopsy is scheduled for Friday morning. The coroner says it’s not known what caused McWhirter to fall, but he wasn’t wearing a safety harness. 

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