City arborist killed in accident at Cleveland job site, mayor’s office says

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CLEVELAND (WJW) — Police are investigating an incident that tragically killed a city arborist Wednesday afternoon in Cleveland.

A city of Cleveland tree cutting crew was reportedly working on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard near St. Clair Avenue, and the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed they’d been called to the site this afternoon.

The city of Cleveland Mayor’s office confirmed that it was city employee Sean Hudson who was killed in the incident, issuing the following statement:

Mayor Frank G. Jackson and the City of Cleveland offer our condolences to the family, friends and co-workers of Mr. Sean Hudson. Sean was a City arborist, who passed away on July 14 after a fatal accident at one of our job sites. He began his career with us in 2017. Sean was a valued and dedicated employee, held in the highest regard by his co-workers. He was a husband, father and friend who will be missed. To help our employees, grief counselors are available starting tomorrow. The safety of our workforce is of the utmost importance and per protocol, we will conduct a thorough investigation into today’s incident. Any further information will be shared via the Cleveland Public Records Portal.

FOX 8 has still not confirmed what caused the fatality.

The city of Cleveland released the following statement regarding the incident earlier in the day:

FOX 8 will update this story as more is learned.

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