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Hutchinson man crushed by tree

HUTCHINSON — A 46-year-old Hutchinson man was killed today when he was crushed by a tree he was cutting down with a chain saw.

Battalion Chief Michael Miller of the Hutchinson Fire Department said the accident occurred about 12:15 p.m. as the man was cutting down trees next to some railroad tracks near a west Hutchinson business.

The tree fell on the man's back, killing him instantly, Miller said.

Hutchinson police identified the victim as Joseph I. Fredrick.

Miller said the man was a temporary worker hired by the company to cut trees.

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