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SHELBYVILLE, Ind. – A Shelbyville man was killed Thursday evening in an ATV accident in Morgan County.

Emergency crews were dispatched to the 3300 block of South Conservation Club Road in Morgantown just after 7:30 p.m.

Upon arrival, crews found that a large portion of a tree had fallen on Robert Blacker, 28, of Shelbyville.

Responders were able to remove Blacker from under the tree and transport him to IU Health Morgan Hospital in Martinsville with blunt force trauma to his head and chest area. Blacker was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

Initial investigation reveals that Blacker was visiting a friend and helping gather wood and limbs from the woods. While pulling out a large bundle of limbs with the ATV, a portion of a large tree appeared to break and fall on top of Blacker. It does not appear that Blacker was pulling on the tree that had fallen.

The cause of the falling tree is not clear at this time.

4 Fast Facts

  • A man was helping a friend father wood and limbs.
  • A large tree fell on him.
  • He was pronounced dead at the hospital.
  • It is not clear what caused the tree to fall.

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