EXCLUSIVE: Man shares story of how he survived after a tree fell on him in Rusk County

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RUSK COUNTY, Texas (KETK)- A man talked about his experience and how he survived after a tree fell on him in a Rusk County pasture on Thursday.

Rusk and Nacogdoches County first responders including the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office were called near County Road 4262D around 1:30 p.m.

Cody Tinkle, a resident from Nacogdoches, was planning to clear brush from his friends property, which is something he does every year.

However, this time a tree fell and pinned the 46-year-old man to a tractor.

“I was down there by myself, and it’s a good ways off the road. One of the problems is no one knew where I was and no one knew where to find me,” mentioned Tinkle.

He also said his faith helped him during this scary situation.

“Quite honest, I just started praying to God, ‘please get me out of this and forgive me of all my sins. Because if it’s my time to go, I wanna be going to the right place.’ Yeah, it felt like a lot longer than what it was, but they told me from the time that we gathered that I was down there about an hour or 45 minutes,” said Tinkle.

He was later life flighted to a hospital in Tyler, according to Rusk County Sheriff Johnwayne Valdez.

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