- Associated Press - Thursday, March 20, 2014

HIGHGATE, Vt. (AP) - Vermont State Police say a man who tried to cut down a maple tree behind his house died after becoming pinned underneath the large trunk.

Police said 66-year-old Roger Cota of Highgate left the house on Wednesday afternoon. When he had not returned by 7:30 p.m., family members became concerned and went out to the woods to check on him. He was found pinned underneath the tree trunk.

The fire department cut the trunk to free Cota. Life-saving measures were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at the scene in what authorities called an accidental death.

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