Sheriff says Ohio man killed in western NY logging accident


FILE – This Aug. 1, 2011 file photo, shows whitebark pine that have succumbed to mountain pine beetles through the Gros Ventre area east of Jackson Hole, Wyo. U.S. officials say climate change, beetles and a deadly fungus are imperiling the long-term survival of the high-elevation tree found in the western U.S. (Rick Egan/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP, File)

RIPLEY, N.Y. (AP) — A 46-year-old Ohio man was killed in a logging accident in western New York, authorities said Monday.

David Byler, of Middlefield, Ohio, was cutting trees in the town of Ripley on Saturday when a tree fell on him, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

The victim was taken to a nearby hospital and then airlifted to UPMC Hamot hospital in Erie, Pennsylvania. He died there on Sunday, the sheriff’s office said.

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