Tree worker killed by falling tree in Yakima

Yakima, WA – 63-year-old Gary Joseph Trepanier was killed when a tree he was cutting fell over on him Wednesday afternoon.

Sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene around 12:45 PM to a report of a tree trimmer who was hit by a tree.

Reports say that the tree crew had cables attached to a tree and planned on it falling in a particular direction. The tree fell in an unintended direction and stuck Trepanier, who was felling the tree.

Yakima County Coroner Jim Curtice pronounced him dead at the scene and stated Trepanier’s cause of death was caused by blunt-force trauma.

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