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Updated at 11:52 a.m.

An N.C. Zoo employee was killed this morning after falling from a tree in a workplace accident, according to the zoo and Randolph County.

Emergency personnel were called to the zoo at 8:20 a.m. about the fall. Zoo rangers were already on scene and was working on the employee as EMS arrived.

Updated at 11:40 a.m.

An N.C. Zoo employee was killed in a workplace accident at the zoo this morning, the zoo said on its website.

The zoo has closed the Africa section of the park to the public and will close the entire park today at 2 p.m.

The zoo is working with investigators to determine details of the incident, which was not related to any of the zoo’s animals. 

More information will be made available later.

ASHEBORO — A person fell from a tree at the North Carolina Zoo on Thursday morning, authorities said.

EMS workers responded to the incident, which occurred at 8:20 a.m., according to Amanda Varner, spokeswoman for the Randolph County Sheriff's Office.

Varner said park rangers at the zoo were working on the patient when EMS arrived and further details were not immediately available.

Debbie Fuchs, spokeswoman for the zoo, said in an email "we have had a medical emergency here (at the) park this morning — I’m waiting to get all the details and the zoo will send a statement shortly."

The zoo’s Africa entrance and habitats are closed, and the zoo is scheduled to close at 2 p.m. today, but it was unknown if the closing is related to the accident.

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Contact Kenwyn Caranna at (336) 373-7082.

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