Gouverneur man killed in tree stump grinding accident

Authorities say a 39-year-old employee of a northern New York tree service was accidentally killed while he was grinding a stump.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office says Ronald Watson of Gouverneur was working alone Thursday afternoon when he became pinned between the grinder's protective shield and an adjacent building in the village of Chaumont, on Lake Ontario's northeastern shore 70 miles north of Syracuse.

A deputy sheriff was one of several people who freed Watson, an employee of Ryan's Tree Service. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The county medical examiner's office and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration are also investigating the accident.

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