Forest ranger killed by tree

Aug. 14, 2014 @ 06:34 PM

A state forest ranger was killed Wednesday in Tuttle Educational State Forest when a fallen tree he was trying to remove got loose and struck the tractor he was driving.

Jimmy Halliburton, 31, of Morganton was working with two other rangers to remove a fallen tree on a road inside the forest, which is in southwestern Caldwell County. Shortly before 3 p.m. the tree got away from Halliburton’s tractor, fell into the tractor and struck Haliburton in the torso, said Ranger Brian Haines, a public information officer for the N.C. Forest Service.

No other information about the accident was available Wednesday evening.

The forest will be closed until Tuesday while the incident is being investigated, Haines said.

Halliburton had worked for the forest service since November 2003 and at Tuttle since September 2007.