Worker Dies After Falling from Tree

West Springfield Police District – A 45-year-old man working as a contractor for a tree service company died after falling from a tree he was cutting at a home in the 6500 block of Rivington Road in Springfield. Officers responded to the home at 2:24 p.m. when it was reported that Mauro Cruz Cortes, of Culpepper was 40-45 feet above the ground cutting off tree limbs. He was secured to a tree limb that he was standing on, when that limb broke and he fell to ground. Rescue personnel pronounced him deceased at the scene. Detectives from our Major Crimes Bureau responded and are continuing their investigation in partnership with officials from the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is conducting an autopsy to confirm cause of death. Preliminarily, detectives believe this was an accident. No other injuries were reported as a result of this incident.

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