KOTA KINABALU: A 69-year-old man was killed after a branch he was chopping off a tree fell on him at Kampung Kimbambangan in Penampang.
The victim, identified as Goubin @ Robin Gindohong, was with his son when the branch fell on him at about 10.30am on Tuesday (April 20) morning.
Penampang OCPD Deputy Supt Mohd Haris Ibrahim said Goubin's son related that they were clearing the land and his father was chopping off branches from trees.
"One of the branches he was cutting dropped and hit him on the head," he said.
DSP Haris said medical officials pronounced the victim dead at the scene.
"This case has been classified as sudden death," he said.
Fire and Rescue Department commanding officer Jamaludin Hussin said an emergency call was received at 10.46am and a team of rescuers was dispatched to the scene.
They had to walk about a kilometre to the location as it was not accessible by vehicles.
"Our emergency medical rescue services officials conducted a preliminary examination and tried to revive the victim," he said.
However, Jamaludin said the victim was pronounced dead at the scene due to the severity of his injuries.
The case was later handed over to the police for further investigation.