Golf Club Owner Dies After Tree Limb Falls on Him


by WCCB Charlotte

DALLAS, N.C. -- Gastonia City Police say a man has died after a tree limb fell on him. The accident happened around 3:18 p.m. on Tuesday on Apple Creek Drive right off of Dallas Bessemer City Highway. Police have identified the man killed as 63-year-old Joe Ratchford, of Dallas. Family members confirmed that Ratchford was the owner of the Apple Creek Golf Club. 

Police say hewas trimming some trees when he was struck by a tree limb. 

Officials at the golf club said they are closed due to the tragedy. We are working to confirm more information. We'll have the latest as details become available. 

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