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Man killed by falling tree
Fatal accident at home site in west Forsyth
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Forsyth County News
A 71-year-old Dawson County man was killed Tuesday morning when a towering pine tree fell on him at a construction site in west Forsyth, authorities said.

Forsyth County Sheriff's Capt. Frank Huggins identified the man as Norris Thurlow Goss of 11 Browns Point in Dawsonville.

Huggins said no charges are expected to be filed in connection with the incident, which happened about 9 a.m. on a wooded lot off Fouts Drive.

Goss was part of a three-person crew with Dahlonega-based Frix Grading Company that was clearing the site to make way for a home in Gregory Estates subdivision off Aaron Sosebee Road.

The 75-foot tall tree, which was being pushed down by a Bobcat, struck him on the head.  

Forsyth County Fire Capt. Jason Shivers said it "was an obvious fatality." Firefighters had to remove a heavy tree limb just to reach Goss.

While injuries from falling trees are somewhat common, Shivers said it was the first "tree fatality" in recent memory in Forsyth County.

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