OCOEE, Fla. (FOX 35 ORLANDO) - A man has died following a tree-trimming accident in Seminole County.
Authorities said an Ocoee man in his 50s was trimming a tree at a residence in the 700 block of Suzette Drive, in anticipation of Hurricane Dorian. According to paramedics, the man fell out of the tree and sustained injuries to his head. He was rushed to Health Central Hospital, just a few minutes away, where he was pronounced deceased. Authorities are reminding people to be safe while preparing for the storm.
"Get somebody professional to trim your trees, because it's not worth your life," said Edwin Youman, Battalion Chief with the Ocoee Fire Department, "and a lot of people are not trained to do it, and some instances, people are climbing trees and not using ladders to make that happen, by trimming trees. If you are going to do it, you have to have people around too, to assist you."
The identity of the man was not immediately released.