UPDATE: Name of man killed in Webster County tree-cutting incident released

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UPDATE (5/20/21 5:46 p.m.):

BERGOO, W.Va. – Webster County Sheriff Rick Clayton has released the name of a man killed Wednesday in a tree-cutting incident.

Clayton said Joseph Helmick, 36, of Monterville, was with a group cutting down a tree. The group cut one tree, causing another one to fall, which fell on Helmick and killed him.


ORIGINAL STORY (5/20/21 12:12 p.m.):

On Wednesday evening, a man was killed after a tree-cutting incident in Webster County, according to Webster Springs fire officials.

Officials explained to 12 News the accident happened in the Leatherwood area of Bergoo, in the eastern part of Webster County, at just after 7 p.m.

West Virginia State Police, Webster Springs EMS and the Webster Springs Volunteer Fire Department responded to the accident.

Officials have not released a name at this time due to pending family notification.

Stay with 12 News for the latest updates.

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