Volusia County

‘Tragic accident’: Volusia County man, 71, dies after being crushed by large tree limb

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — A 71-year-old man died after he was crushed by a large tree limb in DeLand in what Volusia County deputies called a “tragic accident.”

Deputies said Gary Clancy, of DeLeon Springs, was using a chainsaw to cut trees in a field off Covey Hill Way on Monday morning.


Neighbors told deputies at some point they heard the chainsaw idling but didn’t see Clancy. When one neighbor went to check on Clancy, she said she found him pinned under a large limb and screamed for help.

Deputies said bystanders heard the calls for help and came over to collectively lift the limb off Clancy. They attempted to perform CPR, but deputies said he was pronounced dead at the scene by Volusia County Fire Rescue.

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Investigators said preliminary investigations show nothing suspicious was observed, and preliminary indications are that his death was an accident.

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Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson, WFTV.com

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.