A worker fell to his death after being knocked from a cherry picker by part of a tree Thursday in Leominster, Massachusetts.
Police said 26-year-old Nicholas Kallio of Fitchburg was working at 79 Flaggler Rd. when the branch fell around 12:30 p.m.
The victim cut part of the tree, and police say it fell in a direction he did not anticipate, causing him to fall 60 feet.
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"He was at the top of that tree," said Dennis Owen, who was watching the crew from Affordable Landscaping and Tree Service take down an 80-foot pine behind his home. "It fell and hit those other two trees and it hit and it came back towards that bucket."
Leominster Police initially told necn that a branch from a different tree had fallen on him.
Owen called 911 after the incident.
"Just a good kid," a friend, who did not want to be identified, said of the victim. "In the ROTC in school. Just a good kid."
According to police, the man was not wearing a safety harness.