Onlooker dies after being struck by a felled tree

Waynesboro, VA – A 71-year-old man died after being struck by a falling tree. According to reports, the man was observing the tree removal process and was told he could have some of the wood. Prior to the accident, the victim was told to leave the area while the work was being done.

Lieutenant Aaron LeVeck with the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office said, it was believed the man had left before crews knocked down the tree, but as it fell, the contractor witnessed the tree fall onto the man who was on his lawnmower at the time. Crews called 911 but when first responders showed up the man had been pronounced dead.

Investigators did not release the name of the man who died.

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