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Worker killed by falling tree

Meghan Thomassen | Thursday, November 21, 2013

The St. Joseph Co. Coroner said 22-year-old Mark Ellsworth of Mishawaka was killed Thursday at about 10:40 a.m., according to the South Bend Tribune.

The worker died after being struck by a tree near the intersection of Bulla Road and Twyckenham Drive, University Spokesman Dennis Brown said.

“A worker with a local excavating firm suffered fatal injuries when he was struck by a tree while working on a project to clear trees for a parking lot expansion on the east side of campus,” Brown said.

A University press release stated the man died at the scene, despite efforts to resuscitate him. The release said work at the construction site has been suspended.

In the press release, University President Fr. John Jenkins said Notre Dame extends its condolences to the man’s family and to everyone involved in the accident.

“Reminded how precious and fragile life is, we pray for strength and peace for all who are suffering as a result,” Jenkins said.

Contact Meghan Thomassen at mthomass@nd.edud