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Man crushed to death in Tampa while suspended in tree to trim branches

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Published May 20, 2019

TAMPA — A man died on Sunday when a branch fell on him while he was trimming a tree in the backyard of a home.

Hillsborough County Fire Rescue received a call about the incident at around 11:41 a.m. at a home in the 6700 block of Donald Ave., near Himes and Sligh avenues. First responders found a man crushed by a limb and suspended 30 feet in the air, said Fire Rescue spokesman Eric Seidel.

The fallen limb appeared to be 18 inches to 24 inches thick.

"He had set up a rig where he was sawing," Seidel said.

The victim's name was not released.

He was wearing a hard hat and a tool belt, but it wasn't immediately clear with whom he worked.

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