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Man dies after suffering snake bite at Smith Lake

From The Trussville Tribune staff reports

HUNTSVILLE — A Winston County man died on Monday, May 27, 2019, after suffering a snake bite at Smith Lake.

Oliver Baker, known as “Chum,” was bitten by a copperhead snake Saturday, according to WHNT-TV in Huntsville.

Baker was taken to a hospital in Jasper, then transferred by helicopter to Huntsville Hospital. His family said the hospital in Jasper did not have any available beds. The family said Baker was in critical condition through the weekend.

Copperhead bites are rarely fatal, according to the Alabama Herpetological Society. The USDA offered tips for snake bites.

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