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Contsruction worker killed by falling tree on Notre Dame campus identified

A 22-year-old man was killed on the Notre Dame campus after being struck by a falling tree. His name and the construction company he was working for at the time of the accident are not yet being released.
Posted on Nov. 21, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Nov. 21, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.

SOUTH BEND — A construction worker was killed Thursday morning on the eastern side of Notre Dame's campus while crews were clearing trees for a parking lot expansion, according to a news release from Notre Dame's public relations department.

Mark Ellsworth, 22, of Mishawaka, was struck by a falling tree at 10:44 a.m. near Twyckenham Drive and Bulla Road. He was employed by an area excavating company contracted by the University.

“We extend our deepest condolences to his family, and to all those involved in this morning's terrible accident," Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame's president, said in a statement, adding Notre Dame is, “Reminded how precious and fragile life is, we pray for strength and peace for all who are suffering as a result.”

University spokesman Dennis Brown said no one else was hurt in the incident, that work on the parking lot has been suspended, reports the Associated Press.

Both Clay Fire and the Notre Dame Police and Fire Departments responded to the scene, reports. The Elkhart Truth's news partner WNDU.

Brown told the AP he has no further details about the accident. No one else was injured.




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