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County employee dies from work injuries
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A Bryan County Department of Public Works employee has passed away due to injuries he sustained on the job.

John “Tony” Cribbs, 59, of Ellabell died Monday at Memorial Hospital in Savannah. He was injured July 5 during an incident while DPW crews were cutting down trees on Highway 144 near Sweet Hill Road.

According to a report from the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called to the scene at about 2:30 p.m. on July 5. The report states that an excavator operator was attempting to push over a large pine tree while Cribbs was cutting the tree at its base with a chain saw.

The report goes on to say that the tree struck Cribbs and he was cut on his upper right leg by the chain saw. The report said Cribbs also sustained injuries to his chest and abdomen.

Bryan County Emergency Services also responded to the scene.

Cribbs was a 1977 graduate of Savannah High School and a U.S. Army veteran. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Baker McCullough Funeral Home in Garden City. 

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