LENOIR, N.C. -- A forest ranger in Caldwell County was killed in accident while working Wednesday.

He's been identified as 31-year old Jimmy Halliburton of Morganton.

Halliburton was struck by a tree at the Tuttle Educational State Forest in Lenoir. It happened as he was helping other forestry workers remove a tree that fell into a road.

Officials say Halliburton was struck in the torso and pronounced dead on scene.

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler released a statement today saying, "We are heartbroken over the loss of Jimmy Halliburton, and our prayers are with his family."

Halliburton has worked for the Forest Service since 2003.

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