Virginia public works employee killed by falling tree limb

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By Associated Press | Published May 3, 2021 8:50 a.m.

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — A Virginia public works employee was killed Friday when a falling tree limb struck the worker while on the job, according to officials.

The City of Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation employee was working alongside a public utility staffer at Riven Rock Park when the accident happened, officials said in a statement posted to Facebook.

The other worker called 911 and attempted to give the victim medical aid, but the employee did not survive.

“We are truly saddened by today’s events, and we are grateful for the outpouring of support from our community members at this difficult moment for our colleague’s loved ones and our City of Harrisonburg team – especially our Department of Parks and Recreation,” City Manager Eric D. Campbell said in the statement.

The worker was not identified and an exact cause of death was not immediately given.

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