Police: Tree fell and killed man as he tried to cut it down

CRESCENT LAKE, Ore. - A tree fell and killed a 72-year-old man as he tried to cut it down, Oregon State Police said.

Eugene Frank Andrews, 72, was found dead, pinned under the tree, when his wife returned to the property from out of town Thursday evening, police said.

Friends and neighbors last saw Andrews around noon on Wednesday.

The investigation found Andrews was attempting to cut down a tree approximately 1 foot in diameter when it fell, striking him in the head.

Andrews had tied a rope to the tree and was putting tension on it with an ATV. He was about 20 feet away from the tree's base when it fell and struck him, police said.