A man was killed this morning in Western Alexander County as he was attempting to clear trees from downed utility lines.
Alexander County Sheriff Chris Bowman has confirmed that 31 year old Brian Keith Wilmouth of Wilkes County was struck with a tree while operating a chain saw. The tragedy took place near the intersection of Dover Church Road and Mountain Ridge Road in the Ellendale Community.
Alexander 911 got the call shortly after 4am from co-workers who witnessed the accident. Alexander EMS, Alexander Rescue, and the Ellendale Fire Department, all responded. Wilmouth was an employee of the Asplundh Company that was working to help restore electrical service to the area that was hard hit by severe storms Monday afternoon. Sheriff Bowman says none of Wilmouth’s co-workers were injured.