August 11, 2017
TOWANDA, BRADFORD CO. (WENY) -- The Pennsylvania State Police Towanda Barracks investigated a logging incident from Tuesday which left one man dead.
72-year-old John Maxwell, Jr. of Ulster, PA died in the course of the accident.
Police say around 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday a group of men were working to clear logs and brush from the western berm of PA-187. During their work, logs entered the south bound lane and partially blocked the north bound lane of the road.
Maxwell began to direct traffic around the log pile while his associates went to remove the logs using a tractor.
Police say Maxwell became distracted by a commercial vehicle which had come to a stop within the northbound lane of PA-187. During that time, his co-workers began to pull a portion of the log pile and the pile shifted, unintentionally.
A series of logs at the base of the pile then swung out and swept Maxwell of his feet and into the air. Police say Maxwell consequently fell back to the ground,
headfirst, and struck his head on the north bound paved travel line.
Maxwell's co-workers attempted to aid him until emergency personnel arrived on scene and took over.
Maxwell was airlifted to Robert Packer Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
Police say the death has been ruled accidental and no criminal charges have been filed, nor are any anticipated to be filed.