Chamblee man killed by pickup while trimming trees

1:45 AM, Nov 20, 2013   |    comments
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ADAMSVILLE, Ala. (AP) -- Authorities say a Georgia man was struck and killed by a pickup truck as he worked with a crew to clear trees and brush along a highway outside Birmingham.

The Jefferson County County Coroner's Office identified the worker as 48-year-old Kevin Eugene Gates of the Atlanta suburb of Chamblee. He was killed around 11:50 a.m. Saturday on Alabama 78 in Adamsville.

The Birmingham News reports that Gates was the remote operator of a hydraulic crane that was on the back of a trailer. Gates was standing next to a truck parked about 60 feet behind the crane.

Authorities said the driver of a Ford Ranger swerved into a lane which had been closed for the work, striking an orange cone and then Gates.

Adamsville police are investigating the circumstances.

Associated Press

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