Man crushed to death while chopping down tree

Dee DeQuattro

A man in New Bedford was crushed to death while trying to cut down a tree on Saturday.

54-year-old Olimpio Tavares was attempting to cut down a large tree on his property using cables and a chainsaw.

When the tree, which is over a foot in diameter, began to fall the bottom shot up and struck Tavares knocking him to the ground. The tree then fell on top of him.

Fire and medical personnel who responded to the incident pronounced him dead at the scene.

An autopsy will be conducted later today.

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