Police identify tree worker killed in crash with company vehicle in Chesterfield

Tree worker killed by company vehicle

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WWBT) - A tree removal worker was killed in an accident Thursday involving his company’s vehicle.

Chesterfield Fire and EMS were called to a crash involving a pedestrian on Hickstead Road just before 2 p.m.

While working, the work crew’s truck struck one of the crew members, who police said was walking behind a trailer.

The man - identified Friday as 59-year-old Mellor Langley Thomas of Gladys, Virginia - died at the hospital.

The crew traveled to Central Virginia as a contractor for the Virginia Department of Transportation, which handles tree removal for all routes in Chesterfield.

Hours after the crash, the road remained closed as police continued their investigation into the night.

“I hate to hear stuff like that ... That’s just a shame to find out there was a fatality. I mean, it’s bad enough to be hurt," Christ Johnson said.

He, like many others in the quiet community, are left saddened by the unexpected news.

“My heart goes out to the family. That’s a guy out doing his job, and you don’t know one day to the next...You just need to take each day as if it’s a gift," he said.

The name of the company has not yet been released.

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