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Isabel Trail closed for safety after man killed by falling tree

 A footpath where a man was killed by a falling tree has been closed for further tree inspections.

The 58-year-old, who is yet to be named, was killed on the footpath on the Isabel Trail, off Eccleshall Road, in Stafford, on Thursday morning.

Staffordshire County Council said it is not yet understood what caused the tree to fall as it closed a section of the path for investigation.

Saturday's Parkrun, which uses the trail, has also been cancelled.

 

 

The fallen tree
Image captionOther trees along the trail will be inspected after the man's death

 

 

The man's death is now being investigated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) which has been working with Staffordshire Police since the accident at about 06:45 BST.

The force said the local man's death is not being treated as suspicious.

The trail will be closed near Eccleshall Road Cemetery at Izaak Walton Close to near The Range "for the time being", the authority said.

 

 

Emergency services at the sceneImage copyrightZOE NAPIERSKA
Image captionPolice said there were no suspicious circumstances around the death

 

 

"While we still don't know the full circumstances of Thursday's terrible accident the safety of people using the trail must be our priority," council leader Philip Atkins said.

"It has been decided that a section of the trail should remain closed until further investigations and tree inspections can take place," he continued.

Directors of Saturday's Parkrun had earlier said the event would be cancelled to "respectfully" avoid the area while "clearing up" is under way.

From: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-stoke-staffordshire-49936733

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