A Shinglehouse man was killed in a work-related accident on Monday, July 13.
Potter County Coroner, Kevin Dusenbury, said Lance A. Newton, of Shinglehouse, was the victim of “a tragic accident while cutting a large tree at the Eulalia Cemetery.”
According to a Facebook post on the Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department, made by Chief Bryan Phelps, a large top of a pine tree was being removed by a Shinglehouse Company when it fell, breaking the anchor point, which was another large limb, and crashed into the bucket truck that was used by the contractor.
“The large limb then crashed into the fully extended arm and bucket ejecting the operator from the bucket as it collapsed to the ground,” the post stated. “The man operating the bucket died as a result of blunt force trauma.”
According to Newton’s obituary, he was 50 years old and a retired Major of the U.S. Army.
The fire department said Dickinson Mental Health will have counselors available for free from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Thursday, July 16 at the Coudersport Senior Center (161 Route 6 West) for anyone from the public who witnessed the accident or was involved and assisted in giving care.
A session is also being set up for the first responders.
One is also being setup for our First Responders.
Pennsylvania State Police at Coudersport, Coudersport Volunteer Ambulance Association, Coudersport Borough Police Department, Portville Truck, I R M Hazmat mitigation/response team, Dusenbury and Potter County Deputy Coroner Doug Estes all responded to the accident.