Man dies after falling 50 feet from bucket truck

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SCHOOLCRAFT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A tree service worker died after falling 50 feet from a bucket truck in Kalamazoo County.

It happened shortly before 11 a.m. Monday at a private residence in the 16000 block of Watersedge Drive in Schoolcraft Township, south of Kalamazoo.

Kalamazoo County deputies say 49-Ronald Lee Phillips of Three Rivers was trimming a tree when a portion of it fell in an unexpected way, causing him to fall 50 feet to the ground.

Investigators determined that Phillips was not wearing a safety harness at the time of the accident.