Recently cut tree rolls atop, kills Kent County man

Posted at 6:33 PM, Mar 18, 2016

BOWNE TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A 59-year-old western Michigan man has been killed after a tree he cut down in his yard rolled on top of him.

Kent County sheriff’s Sgt. Roger Zoppa says the tree was on the ground Friday when the trunk rolled.

Frank Bouwens of Bowne Township was pronounced dead at the scene in the 6500 block of Alden Nash Avenue.

Zoppa says the tree was cut down Thursday and Bouwens was using a chain saw Friday to cut the trunk.

A friend was stacking wood and returned to the yard to find Bouwens under the trunk.

Firefighters used inflatable air bags to lift the tree so Bouwens’ body could be removed.