Man apparently crushed to death by tree

December 28, 2010 6:16:32 PM PST
A 70-year-old man was apparently crushed to death by a tree in Scotts Valley this afternoon, according to a fire district spokesman.

The victim was using a chainsaw to cut an oak tree at 160 Gaffney Way around 2:10 p.m. when the tree rolled over and pinned him to the ground, Scotts Valley Fire District Capt. Andy Knox said.

He was pronounced dead at the scene, Knox said.

Knox said the tree had come down in a storm, and the man was trying to cut it for firewood.