Martinsville maintenance worker dies in accident

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MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WDBJ7) -- A City of Martinsville maintenance worker was involved in an accident on Corn Tassel Trail on Tuesday morning.

Reports say, Tony Davis, a long-time CIty Public Works employee of 27 years was operating a city-owned tractor-mower at approximately 10:30 a.m., just south of the intersection with Sam Lions Trail when a tree fell from the side of the road onto the mower, seriously injuring Davis.

The tractor then continued a short distance, eventually breaking a utility pole and coming to a stop on the opposite side of the road.

Authorities responded to the accident and transported Davis to the hospital where he died a short time later.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Davis family at this most difficult time," noted City Manager Leon Towarnicki. "Tony was well-like around the city and we are all greatly saddened by this tragic loss."

The accident is under investigation.