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Man tragically killed in Earl St tree lopping accident

UPDATE 5PM: A 30-year-old man has died as a result of injuries suffered in a Berserker tree lopping accident. 

Investigations are continuing. 

A witness at the scene, who did not wish to be identified, described hearing a person screaming as if there was a dangerous situation or someone was hurt moments after the accident. 

"After a while I saw someone in a yellow shirt run quickly from the backyard, very quickly across the backyard," the witness said. 

"That's all I heard until the sirens came with the ambulance.

"It was either a child or a woman's voice screaming. It was just a traumatic sound. 

"The ambulance arrived just a short time after, speeding down the street with the siren and then the police car arrived and then two fire brigades. 

"It's a very quiet street normally. The land behind the house is owned by the Council, it is Rigarlsford Park and comes through from Elphinstone St. Its a walking area and play area. 

"That tree lopper came in around lunchtime today. I don't know if it is a contractor or not, I just heard the noise backing down the street and I looked to see it was a big crane moving down and it went into the yard there."

UPDATE 3.50PM: FURTHER reports indicate a large crane is involved in the incident and it is being considered a work place accident. 

Paramedics are on scene and are working on the injured man. 

Scenes of Crime officers are also responding. 

More to come. 


BREAKING 3.45PM: EMERGENCY services are rushing to the scene of a tree-lopping accident in Berserker. 

Initial reports suggest a 30-year-old man was cutting down trees at an Earl St residence when a large tree branch fell on him. 

Reports indicate he is in cardiac arrest. 

Police and ambulance officers are responding. 

Motorists are urged to avoid the area. 

More updates to come. 

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