Contractor killed in chainsaw accident after Hurricane Dorian

Contractor killed in chainsaw accident after Hurricane Dorian
A cross is cut into a stump on the property where a contractor died after a chainsaw accident on September 7. (Source: Bryant Reed)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, N.C. (WECT) - A man hired to remove storm debris died after a chainsaw accident Saturday afternoon in northern New Hanover County.

According to the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, 55-year-old George Carlton of Tallahassee, FL was hired as an individual contractor to remove debris left behind from Hurricane Dorian at a property on Farley Drive near N. Kerr Avenue.

Carlton was cutting trees when the chainsaw accident happened.

The homeowner says he performed CPR until EMS crews arrived, but Carlton didn’t survive.

The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.

This marks the third Hurricane Dorian related death in North Carolina. A man in Oriental was pulling a boat from the water when he had a heart attack and died on September 5. In Columbus County, an 85-year-old fell off a ladder while preparing his home for the storm and died.

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