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Tree trimmer crushed by palm fronds in Hollywood

September 23, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Authorities said a tree trimmer was killed in Hollywood on Saturday when he suffocated under heavy palm fronds.

The worker, identified as 27-year-old Gerson Hernandez of Van Nuys, died about 30 feet up a palm tree in the 1400 block of North Martel Avenue shortly after noon.

Tree trimmers are typically harnessed to palm trees as they cut away dead fronds, which form a ring around the trunk and can suddenly break loose and slide over the person. Investigators said Hernandez was found pinned to the trunk.

An autopsy is pending.

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