Tree falls on ATV, killing Shelbyville man

A Shelbyville man died last night in Morgan County after a large part of a tree fell on his ATV.

Conservation officers with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources say that it isn’t immediately apparent why the tree fell on the ATV. 28-year-old Robert C. Blacker was at a friend’s house helping him gather wood and pulling a large bundle of branches with the ATV at 7:37 p.m. But the tree that fell on him was not attached to the bundle.

Rescue workers recovered Blacker from under the tree and he was taken to IU Health Morgan Hospital in Martinsville suffering from blunt force trauma to his head and chest. He was pronounced dead at 8:21 p.m.

Blacker was not wearing a helmet or any other protective gear.