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Report: Wasps swarmed Florida tree trimmer before fatal fall

Posted: 9:02 AM, Aug 07, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-07 13:02:02Z

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say wasps had swarmed a 57-year-old landscaper just before he fell from a tree in Florida.

The Florida Times-Union  reports  Joseph English died Sunday, a day after he suffered severe head trauma and a broken back while trimming a tree at a home on Jacksonville Beach.

Daddy and Girls landscaping service owner Larry Lyles told police he was working with English on Saturday afternoon when he apparently disturbed a wasp nest in a palm tree. A police report says the insects attacked English, who fell from the ladder.

The police report says another co-worker told investigators she heard English scream and saw him trying to come down the ladder rungs when he appeared to let go and fell backward.