Man dies when tree falls on him

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By Lisa King

 A Shelby County farm worker was killed by a falling tree Monday afternoon, Shelby County EMS Deputy Director Todd Early said.

John Sergey, 50, formerly of Illinois, was working on a farm belonging to Ken Waters on Popes Corner Road when the tree fell, Early said. Sergey was helping to cut down a tree when he was pinned beneath it. 

Early said that another man was able to free Sergey and take him close to the roadway to meet the ambulance. 

“They have to be commended in getting him out where we could get him to the hospital quickly, but unfortunately, his injuries were just too severe,’ he said. 

He added that Sergey was transported to Jewish Hospital Shelbyville but died before he could be airlifted to U of L.

Sergey had massive chest trauma.

"We were going to have him airlifted to U of L from there, but he died on the way to Jewish," he said.