Air ambulance called for fatal tree felling accident in Embrun

Par Gabrielle Vinette
Air ambulance called for fatal tree felling accident in Embrun

Police and paramedics were called to the scene of a fatal accident at a private residence Sunday morning, January 14, to a private residence in Embrun, requiring the assistance of an ORNGE air ambulance after a tree fell on an individual.  

Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were called at 9:15 a.m. on Sunday, arriving at the scene on Route 400 between Ste-Marie Street and St-Jacques Road around 9:19 a.m. 

Early reporting indicates a man was cutting down trees on the property when one fell on him. Another individual present at the scene attempted to perform CPR and first aid but was unsuccessful in reviving the individual. The person was declared dead at 10 a.m., 45 minutes after emergency services arrived. 

Route 400, from Ste-Marie Street to St-Jacques Road was closed for the safety of emergency responders as the scene was close to the road, according to OPP media relations officer Sergeant Shaun Cameron. Route 400 remained closed for several hours and reopened around 4:30 p.m. 

United Counties of Prescott and Russell emergency services confirmed an ORNGE helicopter was deployed and assisted paramedics at the scene, but would not provide further details “due to the medical nature of the call.” OPP confirmed the air ambulance was used to transport the body away from the scene. 

The body is being examined by a coroner.  

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