Contractor killed when tree falls on him in Annapolis

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Fire officials say a contractor working at a home to remove trees after superstorm Sandy in Annapolis was killed when a tree fell on him.

Anne Arundel County Fire Department Division Chief Michael Cox says firefighters were called about 1 p.m. Wednesday to a home on Homewood Road. Tree removal workers were taking away trees in the area when a tree in the back of the home fell on a 50-year-old Santiago Lopez.

Foresy Mays says Lopez was one of his friends.

"...He was a very beloved person of the community," Mays said. "I think he has four children, and his son was here working with him."

Mays says Lopez's son watched in horror as his father, an experienced employee with eight to 10 years of service with the same company died.

"I think the storm touches many people's lives and this touched lives when a death was involved in a much more serious note for sure. And that's what we have here, a very tragic accident," Mays added.

The Maryland Occupational Safety and Health department is investigating the circumstances surrounding Lopez's death.

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