Man killed in tree trimming accident in Washington County, VA identified

WASHINGTON COUNTY, VA (WJHL) –  Washington County, Va. Sheriff’s Office officials have identified a 51-year-old man who died following a tree trimming accident Tuesday morning.

The incident happened this morning around 9:00 a.m. on Memphis Lane in Bristol, VA.

WCSO officials said Thomas Allen Gibson, 51, of New Tazewell, Tenn., has reportedly climbed a tree and was cutting the top portion of the tree when it snapped, fell back on him and killed him.

According to Elaine Smythe with the Washington County, VA Sheriff’s Office, Gibson was trimming a tree 40 to 50 feet in the air.

“Part of the tree snapped, leaving the victim suspended 40-50 feet off the ground,” Smythe said.

Gibson’s body was taken to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Roanoke for an autopsy.

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