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RICHMOND — A 25-year-old Coventry man was killed Tuesday after a log fell on the excavator he was operating at a work site at 439 Gardiner Road.

According to the Richmond police, officers and members of the Carolina Fire Department and Hope Valley Ambulance Corps responded to a call at 2:59 p.m. Tuesday that a man had been pinned by a 20-foot-long, 18-inch-wide log while working a skid-steer loader with a grapple attachment.

While the log was being hoisted, it pitched forward, police said, with one end falling onto the cab of the skid steer, pinning the operator, Richard Mopps, in the driver's compartment. The force of the log bent the safety bar of the driver's compartment, pinning Mopps. First responders and Mopps' co-workers from Warwick Tree Service worked to get him out, with firefighters finally freeing him by using a pneumatic tool to cut the safety bar.

Mopps was removed from the skid steer and CPR was performed, but he died in the ambulance en route to Rhode Island Hospital, according to a Richmond Police Department news release.

"We extend our sincerest condolences to the victim’s family, friends, co-workers, and we ask that the public keep them in their thoughts and prayers," the police said.

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