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DeLeon Springs Man, 71, Dies After Large Tree Limb Crushes Him

Date Added: November 22, 2022 3:49 pm

Laura Williams, Office of
Public Affairs & Media Relations


A 71-year-old man died in an apparent tragic accident after he was crushed by a large tree limb while cutting trees on Covey Hill Way in DeLand.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene Monday morning where witnesses said Gary Clancy of DeLeon Springs was using a chainsaw to cut trees in a field. When a nearby resident heard the chainsaw idling but didn’t see Clancy, she found him pinned under the large limb and began screaming for help. 

Other bystanders heard the calls for help and collectively lifted the limb off Clancy, then rolled him away from the tree and attempted to perform CPR. He was pronounced deceased at the scene by Volusia County Fire Rescue.

Sheriff’s detectives and the medical examiner responded to the scene. Nothing suspicious was observed, and preliminary indications were that an accident had occurred.

The Sheriff’s Office offers deepest condolences to the victim’s family.

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