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A Lusby man was killed Saturday when he and two other people were cutting up a large tree at a home on Rousby Hall Road.

Brian W. Buck, 50, was cutting up a downed tree when a large log rolled into the hole left by the tree’s root ball, according to a press release from the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office. Witnesses told police that Buck climbed into the hole to get the log when the root ball became dislodged and fell back into the hole, trapping Buck, the release said.

The two people who were working with Buck tried to get him out, but were unable to and called 911 shortly before 3 p.m.

Several units from the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office and an ambulance from the Solomons Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad Company 3 arrived within minutes of the call, the release said.

Rescue workers arranged to have a back hoe brought to the scene, which was used to lift the tree and get Buck out from under the large root ball, which the release said was estimated to weigh more than 10 tons. Buck was pronounced dead at the scene.

Willie Buck, Brian Buck’s cousin, said his cousin was a social guy who liked to have fun.

“He liked to play horse shoes,” Willie Buck said. “That’s mostly what he liked to play, was horse shoes. And he liked to ride his bike.”

Willie Buck said Brian Buck had a close relationship with his brothers and sisters and his own children.

Buck’s body has been taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for a full autopsy. Funeral arrangements are being made by Sewell Funeral Home in Prince Frederick.

The investigation is being handled by Det. H. Rich of the Criminal Investigative Team who can be reached at 410-535-2800.

KATIE FITZPATRICK and CARRIE LOVEJOY