Man killed by falling tree in Luton park is named

A man who was crushed to death by a falling tree in a Luton park has been named.

Rodney Samuels, 73, of Bagwicks Close, was killed at Rotten Corner in Sundon Park on April 3.

He was collecting wood when the tree fell on him. He suffered multiple injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Coroner David Scott Morris recorded the cause of the pensioner's death as asphyxiation and injuries due to "compression by tree".

Luton Borough Council, which runs the park, said its initial findings suggested the death was a "tragic accident" but it was investigating what happened.

A spokesman said: "It would be inappropriate to comment further until the full facts have been ascertained."

An inquest was adjourned to a date to be confirmed.

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