A 73-year-old man has died after he was fatally injured when the tree he was cutting fell on him in a park today.
The elderly man is believed to have been collecting firewood before the accident in Leagrave Park on Sundon Park Road in Luton, Beds.
Emergency services were called to the playing field at 12.45pm, but the gentleman was confirmed dead at the scene.
A Bedfordshire Police spokeswoman yesterday (Weds) said: “Bedfordshire Police can confirm an elderly man has died while cutting down trees in a wooded area in Luton.
“Officers were called at 12.45pm today (April 3) by the Ambulance Service to Rotten Corner, a green space between Sundon Park Road and Marsh Farm where the 73-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.
“His death is not being treated as suspicious and his family have been informed.
“The man will not be identified until an inquest into his death is opened by Her Majesty’s Coroner.”
A spokesperson for Bedfordshire and Luton Fire and Rescue Service said: “We were called at 12.40 to Sundon Park Road, Luton, to reports that a tree had fallen on a man in his 70s.
“We sent an ambulance and an rapid response vehicle to the scene but sadly he was already dead.”
Leagrave Park is maintained by Luton Borough Council, but a spokesman yesterday (Weds) said he could not confirm whether the man was employed by the council.
He said: “We have been notified of the incident. We are helping the police with their enquiries.”