Johnson County
Sheriff's Office
Clarksville, Arkansas
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Searcy County Resident Killed In Logging Accident Near Fort Douglas

Bill Turney, age 70 of Marshall in Searcy County was killed by a falling tree while logging in the Ozark National Forest near Fort Douglas.

The Sheriff's Office received a call at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 23 of the accident.  Deputies responded along with members of Rural Fire District # 3 to the scene.

The investigation indicates that Turney cut a large tree which hit a different tree while falling, causing the base of the tree to swing around and strike him in the back.  Witnesses state that they last saw Turney at approximately 1:00 p.m. on a lunch break.

He was prounounced dead at the scene.  The U.S. Forest Service is assisting in the investigation.