Orange County

Worker dies after large oak tree falls on him at Orange County church

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — A man working for a tree trimming service has died after a large tree fell on him Thursday afternoon, according to Orange County firefighters.

The man was killed after the tree fell on him at the New Hope Presbyterian Church along Lake Margaret Drive in Orange County.

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People at the church said they had contracted the company to remove four of the trees on the property they believe were at risk of falling or potential hazard risk.

Contractors were working to remove a tree at around noon when a worker was crushed by a falling tree while working to cut it down.

Witnesses said they could hear one of the workers yelling, “he’s down, he’s down,” after the accident.

When first responders arrived, they found the man pinned underneath a heavy oak tree and he had died from the impact.

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The worker, who was not a member of the church, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Orange County deputies said they are investigating the death.

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