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Luton pensioner killed by falling tree named

Rodney Samuels
Image caption Mr Samuels was crushed by the tree

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

Rodney Samuels, 73, of Bagwicks Close, was killed at Rotten Corner in Sundon Park at about 12:45 BST on Wednesday.

His family said Mr Samuels 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".

In a statement, Mr Samuels' family said: "Rod was a wonderful husband, loving father and doting grandfather.

"He was a very popular figure who always had a tale to tell and will be sorely missed by friends and family."

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 opened on Friday and was adjourned to a date to be confirmed.

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