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Fayette man killed while cutting tree in Rostraver Township identified

| Monday, March 7, 2011

Authorities have released the name of a Fayette City man killed by a falling tree in Rostraver Township Sunday afternoon.

Milton Lebe, 44, of 1144 Connellsville Road was cutting trees for firewood on his girlfriend's farm off Nicholls Hill Road, Westmoreland County Deputy Coroner Tim O'Donnell said.

Lebe left the farmhouse at about 2:30, but when he did not return a few hours later, the property owner went to search for him and found him dead.

"He was cutting a large cherry tree down and it fell on him," O'Donnell said. He said the tree was between 40 and 50 feet high.

The coroner ruled Lebe's cause of death as blunt force trauma to the head.

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