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LINCOLN â€” A Manville woman died tragically Friday evening when a tree limb being cut by her husband struck her in the head, apparently killing her instantly.
Police responded to a home on Elm Street at 8:06 p.m. after receiving a report of a domestic accident. Lt. Joseph Conti and Patrolman Walter Ptaszek stated the man had asked his wife to hold a rope attached to a limb so that, once it was cut, she could lower it to the ground gently.
â€śThey were trimming a tree branch, and it appears that the weight of the branch pulled her forward and into it,â€ť stated Police Chief Brian Sullivan. â€śIt certainly is a tragedy.â€ť
Manville firefighters and Lincoln Rescue 4 personnel raced to the scene, though Conti and Ptaszek had arrived first and performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the victim, who was in her mid-40s. Rescue workers took her to Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket, where she was pronounced dead.
â€śIt's a terrible tragedy,â€ť indicated a member of the Lincoln Rescue personnel, who stated the death may have been caused by a broken neck. â€śIt's not that simple (as someone just cutting a branch). We get calls for a lot of injuries from trees or limbs striking people â€” those working with chainsaws, falling off a ladder after cutting one down or being hit by a tree or branch just falling on top of them.
â€śWe've responded to those who have suffered both minor or severe injuries, and most are caused by people untrained at cutting them down,â€ť he added.
â€śThose are the ones who sustain most of the injuries. It's rather common; I've lost count as to how many people are injured cutting down their own trees, or those belonging to friends.â€ť
Police did not reveal the victim's name as all family members had yet to be contacted.