ROWLEY, MASS. (WHDH) - An 81-year-old man who was struck by a tree Thursday morning in Rowley has died.

The man was helping a neighbor cut down the tree around 11:30 a.m. on Main Street when it toppled over on top of him, police said.

“It was just a tragic accident,” Rowley Police Chief Scott Dumas said.

The man, whose name was not released, was airlifted to a Boston hospital with critical injuries but later pronounced dead.

Dumas urged residents to exercise caution while doing yard work.

The Rowley Police Department and Massachusetts State Police detectives are investigating the incident.

This is a breaking news story. It will be updated as more information becomes available.

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