Georgia man killed by pickup while trimming trees

Pedestrian killed
Posted at 3:00 PM, Nov 19, 2013
and last updated 2013-11-19 11:29:59-05

ADAMSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say a Georgia man was struck and killed by a pickup truck as he worked with a crew to clear trees and brush along a highway outside Birmingham.

The Jefferson County County Coroner's Office identified the worker as 48-year-old Kevin Eugene Gates of the Atlanta suburb of Chamblee. He was killed around 11:50 a.m. Saturday on Alabama 78 in Adamsville.

The Birmingham News reports ( that Gates was the remote operator of a hydraulic crane that was on the back of a trailer. Gates was standing next to a truck parked about 60 feet behind the crane.

Authorities said the driver of a Ford Ranger swerved into a lane which had been closed for the work, striking an orange cone and then Gates.

Adamsville police are investigating the circumstances.


Information from: The Birmingham News,