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An 88-year-old man was killed in the Town of Hartland Thursday evening when he was cutting down trees in a Wheeler Road field and one of the trees fell on him, Niagara County sheriff’s officials reported.

The victim, whose name is not released by authorities, was in a field behind 7685 Wheeler Road just after 6 p.m., when the accident occurred.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Sheriff’s officials said the incident “appears to be an accident” but remains under investigation.