WASHINGTON - WASHINGTON (AP) — A maintenance worker at the U.S. Capitol has died after a large tree branch fell on top of him.
A statement from the Architect of the Capitol, Stephen Ayers, identified the man who was killed as Matthew McClanahan.
The statement says McClanahan, a pipefitter, was working on an irrigation pipe on Tuesday morning when a branch fell from an American Elm tree.
This morning, a tragic accident on Capitol grounds took the life of Matthew McClanahan, a pipefitter for the Architect of the Capitol. 1/3— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) April 18, 2017
House Speaker Paul Ryan says in a statement that McClanahan leaves behind a wife and two young children, calling his death "sudden and unimaginable."
Matthew and his wife, Lauren, have two young children, Evie and Matthew. Their loss is so sudden and unimaginable. 2/3— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) April 18, 2017
I ask my colleagues and everyone in the Capitol community to keep Matthew’s loved ones in your thoughts. 3/3— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) April 18, 2017
Police and firefighters freed McClanahan from under the branch and he was taken to a hospital in what fire officials described as "very critical" condition.
He later died. U.S. Capitol police say grounds crews are removing what remains of the tree.