Maintenance worker killed by accident on Capitol grounds

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An unfortunate accident left a maintenance worked dead on Tuesday on the grounds of the United States Capitol when he was struck by and pinned under a falling tree branch.

Matthew McClanahan, an employee in the Architect of the Capitol’s (AOC) Maintenance Division of Capitol Grounds, was taken to a local hospital but expired from his injures a short time later.

McClanahan was working on an irrigation pipe when a nearby American Elm tree branch broke off and fell on him. Police and firefighters arrived and were able to free McClanahan, who had sustained serious injuries and was in “very critical” condition while en route to the hospital.

House speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said in a statement, “Matthew and his wife, Lauren, have two young children, Evie and Matthew. Their loss is so sudden and unimaginable. I ask my colleagues and everyone in the Capitol community to keep Matthew’s loved ones in your thoughts and prayers.”

“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,” Architect of the Capitol Stephen Ayers said in a statement.

H/T: The Hill

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