Lumberjack runs to safety as massive tree splits

By Ben Hooper Contact the Author   |  July 11, 2016 at 3:34 PM
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ATLANTA, July 11 (UPI) -- An Atlanta-area lumberjack shared video of an unexpected tree split that had him running to safety in mid-cut.

The video, posted to YouTube by user 770-Arborist LLC, shows lumberjack Mark Russell working to fell a thick white pine tree in Georgia.

The tree unexpectedly splits during the cut, causing Russell to run to safety as a large portion of the plant comes crashing to earth.

Russell said the video shows an example of what's known as a "barber chair split."

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