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Coroner: Man dies from massive head trauma after tree falls on him

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A 57-year-old Rockmart man was pronounced dead by Floyd County Coroner Gene Proctor on Wednesday afternoon after a tree fell on him at an area off Orchard Spring Drive, where he was working.

According to Proctor:

Emergency personnel got the call at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday to respond to a report that a tree had landed on a man in a wooded area near 31 Orchard Spring Drive.

Eddie Dwayne Watters had been working with four others at the site. A tree had been cut but then got hung up on another.

As he was trying to pull it out, it fell and struck him on the head. He suffered massive head trauma. Watters had recently started a tree service and landscaping company, which hadn’t even been named yet.

He was officially pronounced dead at 5:10 p.m.

His body will not be sent to the GBI Crime Lab.