A coroner described the death of a Crick man crushed to death by a felled ash tree as a ‘tragic accident’ at an inquest this week.
Geoffrey Osbourne, 52, was not wearing a safety helmet or protective clothing when he ventured close to the railway embankment near Kilsby Covert on Friday, November 30, last year in order to chop down wood for use in a burner.
Network Rail workers were felling trees in the area at the time and Mr Osbourne had already made an agreement with the landowner to be allowed collect any of the already chopped logs on the site.
But he was not given permission to cut any trees down himself.
Two days after Mr Osbourne’s car and trailer were first seen by the embankment his body was discovered underneath a ten metre tall ash. An autopsy recorded his cause of death as asphyxiation.
Deputy coroner Rodney Haig said: “Clearly a tree had been cut and being top-heavy had almost certainly toppled the wrong way. This is clearly a tragic accident and my conclusion is that this was an accidental death.”
Lifelong Leicester City Football Club fan Mr Osbourne loved being outdoors and had worked as a delivery driver for most of his life until just a few weeks before his death.
His girlfriend of 13 years Elizabeth Morgan said she is still recovering from the tragic loss. She said: “He was just a bloke that would do anything for you. If someone needed help he would be there for them.”