A Calvert County man died Saturday after being trapped by a root ball while he and two others were cutting a downed tree into logs.
Police pronounced 50-year-old Brian Buck, of Lusby, dead at the scene Saturday afternoon after freeing him from underneath the root ball, which was estimated to weight more than 10 tons.
The two witnesses said that they and Buck were cutting a fallen tree into logs near a house at 12161 Rousby Hall Road when a log rolled into the hole left by the downed tree. Police said Buck climbed down into the hole to hoist the log out when the root ball fell back into the hole and onto Buck. He was trapped beneath the estimated 10-ton root ball.
Members of the Solomons Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad extricated Buck from under the root ball with the help of a backhoe, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigators say that there was no sign of foul play and no alcohol, illegal drugs, or prescription drugs were found at the scene. An autopsy is pending.