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Phoenix FD: Tree trimmer dies after getting trapped under palm fronds

Posted at 11:31 AM, Oct 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-06 14:41:02-04

PHOENIX — A professional palm tree trimmer was killed during an incident on the job Tuesday morning.

Phoenix Fire Department officials were called to conduct a palm tree rescue near 20th Street and Indian School after a man became trapped under hundreds of pounds of palm fronds.

The tree trimmer's son, who works with him, called 911 for help, but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Fire officials say the man is believed to have suffocated underneath the weight before they were able to reach him in the tree. He was about halfway up the tree when the incident occurred.

No further information has been released.

Phoenix police are investigating.