Falling tree kills man on Capitol Grounds

A tree fell on a man and killed him during rush hour in D.C. on Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - A man is dead after a large tree collapsed and fell on him in Southeast, D.C. Tuesday morning, according to US Capitol police. 

The tree fell at the corner of Independence Ave. and First Streets in SE, D.C. around 9:15 a.m., authorities said. 

Police and DC Fire and EMS had to pull the man from under the tree. He was transported to a local hospital. 

The man has been identified as Matthew McClanahan. He was a pipe fitter and was working on an irrigation pipe when the tree fell.  

“It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Architect of the Capitol employee, Matthew McClanahan, following an accident on the U.S. Capitol Grounds. A large branch of an American Elm fell and struck Matt, who was working nearby on an irrigation pipe. Matt was a talented, dedicated pipe fitter in the Maintenance Division of Capitol Grounds. Please keep his family, friends and colleagues in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.” – Stephen T. Ayers, Architect of the Capitol. 

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