Huntsville Police: Man Trips, Falls Into Creek And Dies

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville Police are investigating a man’s bizarre death late Tuesday night.

The incident happened around 10 p.m.  HEMSI paramedics, Huntsville Fire and Police were called to Bob Wallace Avenue near Mirabeau Drive.

Police say Darron Gene Putnam, 49, tripped over a fire hydrant.  He then apparently fell 20 feet, hit his head, and ended up in Spring Branch Creek.

Paramedics called for a water rescue to get the man back on dry ground.  He was rushed to Huntsville Hospital, where he died.