Dan Butts, of Palm Harbor, killed after falling tree impales him

8:48 AM, Jun 18, 2013   |    comments
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Palm Harbor, Florida -- A 63-year-old Palm Harbor man was killed after a tree he was trying to cut down fell on him.

Pinellas Sheriff's deputies say around 3:15 p.m., Dan Butts and his girlfriend Beverly Drew were in the process of clearing trees from their backyard at a home in the 2900 block of Leprechaun Lane.

Butts had cut a tree with a chainsaw and Drew got into their Ford SUV and began pulling the tree with the vehicle after tying a rope to it.

Drew said she suddenly heard a scream and saw the tree had fallen on Butts, and that a branch had impaled him.

Drew called 911 and tried to revive him using CPR. Butts was pronounced dead at the scene.

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