Tree trimmer killed by palm fronds in San Diego

Tree trimmer
Officials attempt to rescue a tree trimmer who was trapped between large palm fronds and an apartment building in San Diego.
(San Diego Fire and Rescue Department)

A tree trimmer was killed Tuesday in downtown San Diego when he was trapped between large palm fronds and an apartment building.

The trimmer was suspended by a harness about 40 feet off the ground when a large amount of fronds fell on him and pinned him against the building, according to the San Diego Fire and Rescue Department.

Firefighters reached the tree trimmer by using an aerial ladder but found him “unconscious and unresponsive.”

Once he was lowered to the ground, rescue personnel attempted CPR, but he was pronounced dead at the scene. His name was not released.


The cause of death will be determined by the county medical examiner, while safety inspectors determine what caused the accident.

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