Police ID tree removal worker killed after being run over by equipment truck in Chesterfield

Chesterfield County

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A tree removal worker died Thursday after being struck by an equipment truck in Chesterfield Thursday.

Chesterfield Fire & EMS officials say crews responded to the 2000 block of Hickstead Road for a motor vehicle accident with injury just after 1:50 p.m.

According to officials, the victim — who has been identified as 59-year-old Mellor Langley Thomas, of Gladys, Va. — was suffering from life-threatening injuries and later died at an area hospital.

Police said a two-axle International flatbed truck pulling a loaded two-axle trailer backed into Thomas while he was walking behind the trailer.

Both Thomas and the driver of the truck were employed by the same company, which owns the truck involved in the crash, according to police.

Residents in the area told 8News they were shaken up after tragedy struck their quiet neighborhood.

“They told me he was hit by a truck as they were cutting down a tree,” said a resident who did not want to be identified.

According to the neighbor, he told 8News he watched the tragic events unfold before his eyes. The worker was standing behind an equipment truck when the driver accidentally backed into the worker.

Others in the area say they heard a scream.

One woman said she came home to find the road blocked off and asked her neighbors what was going on?

“I think he must’ve gotten in the way of the truck that hit him,” the woman told 8News. “I’m sorry…I’m sure the truck driver didn’t know that he was going to hit him.”

Thursday’s tragic site was unlike anything she’s ever seen.

“I can’t believe all these police cars were down here,” she said. “I’ve been here 40 some years and it’s the first time I’ve ever seen this many cars on the road.”

Several agencies, including Virginia Occupational Safety and Health, Virginia Department of Transportation and Henrico Police, responded to the scene to assist in the investigation.

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