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Officials: Forest Service Officer killed in construction accident

N.C. Forest Service Education Ranger Jimmy Halliburton (Courtesy: NC Forest Service) N.C. Forest Service Education Ranger Jimmy Halliburton (Courtesy: NC Forest Service)
LENOIR, NC (WBTV) -

Investigators from the North Cariolina's Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Division were in Caldwell County on Thursday trying to figure out what happened when an Educational Forest Ranger died Wednesday.

Jimmy Halliburton was on a tractor trying to move a fallen tree off the roadway at the Tuttle Educational State Forest when the tree snapped and a section hit him in the torso. Rescue crews were called in to help but Halliburton died at the scene.

"He was doing what he loved to do," said Chief Forestry official David Lane.

Lane said what happened was a tragedy but the investigators needed to find how it transpired "so we can prevent this from every happening again." 

NC Forest Service Spokesman Brian Haines described Halliburton as "A good guy, a family man who was married and had kids." 

Flags were lowered as the Ranger Station in the forest and dozens of people were seen milling around and talking with each other.

The Tuttle Educational Forest, which brings school children in for classes and demonstrations, will remain closed at least until next week, said officials. The OSHA investigation is expected to encompass more than just what happened at the scene.

Officials in Raleigh told WBTV news that investigators will also look at equipment that was being used, safety procedures and training records. A final report may not be finished for several months.

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