Giant oak fell and crushed tree surgeon in his 20s to death in freak accident

An investigation is under way after a young tree surgeon was crushed to death by a giant oak in a freak accident.

Superfit Kieran Parkinson was working in the garden of a client’s house when tragedy struck.

A huge tree fell on him at 12.50pm February 25, causing devastating injuries.

Kieran Parkinson (pictured) in an image from social media

Kieran Parkinson (pictured) in an image from social media

Kieran Parkinson (pictured) in an image from social media

An air ambulance and a fleet of 999 vehicles including fire fighters and specialist paramedics attended the incident on February 6 in Darrington, near Pontefract, West Yorkshire.

Eye witnesses say the tree was so large it flattened a neighbour’s fence as it came crashing down.

Mr Parkinson, originally from Kent, and his heartbroken girlfriend from Essex had moved to Pontefract after he got a job with a local tree surgeon company.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: ‘At 12.50pm Police were called to Estcourt Drive, Pontefract to reports of a concern for safety.

‘Officers attended and found a man believed to be in his 20s in a serious condition, he died a short time later as a result of his injuries.

‘The Health and Safety Executive have been informed and a joint investigation between the HSE and West Yorkshire Police has been launched.

‘There are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances to the incident.’

Mr Parkinson pictured at work as a tree surgeon in an image on social media

Mr Parkinson pictured at work as a tree surgeon in an image on social media

Mr Parkinson pictured at work as a tree surgeon in an image on social media

The property where the large oak tree fell while Mr Parkinson was working. The incident was attended by a fleet of emergency vehicles (pictured)

The property where the large oak tree fell while Mr Parkinson was working. The incident was attended by a fleet of emergency vehicles (pictured)

The property where the large oak tree fell while Mr Parkinson was working. The incident was attended by a fleet of emergency vehicles (pictured)

 

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