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Salem man dies while logging

Thursday, July 25, 2002

A 34-year-old Salem man was killed July 20 in a logging accident in Izard County.

The Izard County Sheriff's Office received a 9-1-1 call from John Sutterfield who said his son-in-law, Vernon Crotts, was cutting down trees around County Road 1 in the Twin Creeks area of Highway 9 south of Melbourne when the accident occurred.

When authorities arrived Sutterfield said he and Crotts had been cutting trees when he left the work area to get some equipment. When he returned he noticed Crott's saw was not running. After searching for him, he discovered his son-in-law's body under a tree.

Izard County Deputy Chuck Day said it appeared that one of the trees Crotts was cutting became entangled in another tree and while he was attempting to dislodge it, the tree fell on him. Crotts was pronounced dead at the scene.

Day said Izard County Deputy Larry Thomas, Izard County Office of Emergency Management Coordinator Dennis Williams, Izard County Coroner Eddie Howard and VitaLink EMS all responded to the accident.

A one-vehicle accident July 20 on Highway 177 one mile north of Pineville occurred when Jeremy T. Harden, 18, of Norfork was traveling north in a 1997 Chevrolet Camaro and lost control of the vehicle. He skidded across the highway into a ditch and landed in an embankment.

Izard County Deputy Chuck Day said the vehicle sustained minor damages. Harden and two passengers, Robert J. Jones, 18, of Salesville and Joy M. Howell, 17, of Norfork, escaped without injuries.

Day said the Pineville Volunteer Fire Department responded to the accident.

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