Man struck, killed by tree limb ID'd


GASTON COUNTY, N.C. - The owner of a Gaston County golf course was killed after he was struck by a tree limb Tuesday afternoon.

The victim was identified as Joe Herman Ratchford, 63.

The accident occurred on the Apple Creek golf course on Apple Creek Road in Dallas.

Officials said a large tree had fallen to the ground in an awkward position.

Ratchford was working to remove the tree when a part of it struck him in the head.

Chopper 9 flew over the scene where officials could be seen investigating.