Man on Waterford work crew killed by fallen tree while on the job

WATERFORD — A man on a work crew clearing brush along Keoka Beach Trail died Wednesday after a tree top struck him in the head.

The 50-year-old male from Harrison was a member of the Searles Excavation of Harrison working in the area of 86 Keoka Beach Trail, said Oxford County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy James Urquhart.

According to the report released by Urquhart, the crewmember cut a tree and top portion detached and struck the individual. Work crew members immediately provided assistance.

Emergency medical personnel from surrounding towns responded to the scene. The man was declared dead at the scene from traumatic head injuries. Authorities were first contacted at 2:17 p.m.

The man’s name is not being released until his family has been notified.

Oxford County Deputies are investigating the accident with the State Medical Examiner’s Office and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Investigators were still at the scene late afternoon.

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