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Man on tree cutting crew in Newport News dies after falling from hydraulic lift

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Posted at 2:11 PM, Oct 29, 2013
and last updated 2013-10-29 19:36:22-04

Newport News, Va. - Newport News Fire crews are on the scene at an industrial accident at Forrest Pine Apartments on Old Courthouse Way where a man has fallen and died.

According to Newport News Fire Department, crews arrived to find a man had fallen approximately 30 feet from a hydraulic lift. He was pronounced deceased a short time later.

The victim was part of a tree cutting crew working in the area.

According to the family, the victim's name is Edward John Downing, Jr.

The Virginia State Police will investigate the accident.

Additional information will be provided a it becomes available.