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Developing: City of Richmond employee struck, killed by tree during storm cleanup

Crystal Graham
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A fallen tree claimed the life of a City of Richmond employee today at Libby Hill Park.

Department of Public Works staff were working on storm cleanup when the accident occurred.

The name of the employee has not been released.

“The City of Richmond is deeply saddened by the loss of our employee, and our thoughts and condolences go out to their family and loved ones during this difficult time,” said Public Works director Bobby Vincent.

The city is cooperating with authorities on an investigation to determine the cause of the incident.

“Our top priority is the safety and well-being of our employees and we are committed to taking all necessary measures to ensure that such a tragedy never happens again,” a news release stated.

Crystal Graham

Crystal Graham

Crystal Abbe Graham is the regional editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1999 graduate of Virginia Tech, she has worked for nearly 25 years as a reporter and editor for several Virginia publications, written a book, and garnered more than a dozen Virginia Press Association awards for writing and graphic design. She was the co-host of "Viewpoints," a weekly TV news show, and co-host of Virginia Tonight, a nightly TV news show. Her work on "Virginia Tonight" earned her a national Telly award for excellence in television.