Falling tree kills man on Capitol Grounds

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 19, 2017

A married father, who worked in maintenance, was killed on Tuesday morning when a large portion of a tree fell on him near the US Capitol. She says police and firefighters freed the man from under the tree. The man was removed from beneath the tree and taken to a nearby hospital.

The tree fell around 9:15 a.m. near the corner of Independence Avenue and First Street, according to the U.S. Capitol Police, which responded to the scene with D.C. Fire and EMS. Patch will update with more info as it becomes available. He was a pipe fitter and was working on an irrigation pipe when the tree fell. He described McClanahan as a "talented, dedicated" employee.

House Speaker Paul Ryan says in a statement that McClanahan leaves behind a wife and two young children, calling his death "sudden and unimaginable". "I ask my colleagues and everyone in the Capitol community to keep Matthew's loved ones in your thoughts and prayers", Ryan said in the statement.

Malecki said crews are removing the branch and inspecting the remainder of the tree.

The Architect of the Capitol is the federal agency responsible for maintaining and preserving the U.S. Capitol complex.

Independence Avenue between First Street Southeast and Washington Avenue Southwest remains closed.

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