RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A Richmond City employee was killed by a falling tree in Libby Hill Park this morning.
Around 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 14, officers were called to Libby Hill Park for the report of a fallen tree and possible injuries.
Upon their arrival, responders found a man injured under the fallen tree. Units with the Richmond Fire Department worked to remove the tree from the victim and he was taken to a nearby hospital with life-threatening injuries.
According to police, the man died from his injuries at the hospital. He has been identified as an employee of the City of Richmond.
“My heart aches hearing the news that we lost a member of our Richmond City family,” Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney said in a statement. “No words can heal the pain caused by this tragic loss – a life taken far too soon. Brandy and I send our love and condolences to the family and friends who are mourning during this difficult time. The City of Richmond and the whole Richmond community will keep you in our prayers.”
Detectives with the Richmond Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit were called to investigate. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration also responded to the scene and took over as the lead investigators.
According to a spokesperson with the City, Department of Public Works staff were working on storm cleanup at the park when the tragedy occurred.
“The City of Richmond is deeply saddened by the loss of our employee, and our thoughts and condolences go out to their family and loved ones during this difficult time,” said Public Works director Bobby Vincent.
The City is reportedly cooperating with authorities and launching an investigation to determine what caused the incident.
“Our top priority is the safety and well-being of our employees and we are committed to taking all necessary measures to ensure that such a tragedy never happens again,” the City spokesperson said.
The news comes less than a week after another employee with the City of Richmond was “seriously injured” by a live electrical wire at an elementary school.
Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to contact the Richmond Police Major Crimes Unit at 804-646-6740.