Elderly man dies after tree falls on him

Elderly man dies after tree falls on him

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - An elderly man is dead after a tree fell on him Monday morning, officials said.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's Office identified the victim as Alton Richard, 91, of Baton Rouge.

The St. George Fire Department said Richard's wife told investigators he was raking leaves in the yard when a tree from the other side of the fence fell on him.

Firefighters reported Richard was unresponsive when they arrived on the scene. They added they could not get to him because of the large amount of debris.

Firemen said they were eventually able to get to him after removing the debris. They added EMS arrived and took over the situation.

Officials said Richard was declared dead at the scene. The East Baton Rouge Coroner's Office reported he died from blunt force trauma to the head.

SGFD noted firefighters was responding to a few incidents in which limbs or power lines were down in the area around the same time that this happened.

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