2010-12-30 / Front Page

Logger Dies In Timbering Accident

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

A Needmore area man succumbed to injuries last Tuesday in a logging accident in southern Fulton County.

Sixty-two-year-old Melvin Powell of 14077 Timber Ridge Road was pronounced dead at 2 p.m. on December 21 by Fulton County Deputy Coroner Darrin Smith. An autopsy performed the following morning at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown revealed Powell died as a result of multiple blunt force trauma, the county coroner’s office reported to the “News.”

Lead investigator Pennsylvania State Police Cpl. William Baker said emergency responders were alerted to a possible fatal accident at approximately 12:33 p.m. last Tuesday. Powell, according to Cpl. Baker, was cutting down a large oak tree on private property along Bethel Church Road when the tree fell on him.

“It fell the way it was supposed to. He walked towards where it was falling and it landed on him,” stated Baker. “It was a tragic accident.”

Powell was employed on a part-time basis by M&C Lumber of Needmore. Prior to working for the local lumber company, Powell retired from Letterkenny Army Depot.

Even though state police have closed their investigation concerning the accidental death, the coroner’s office has contacted Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as mandated by regulations. OSHA did not visit the scene.

Powell is survived by his wife, Nancy Hockenberry Powell, as well as a son, Matthew Powell, also of Needmore, and two daughters, Kimberly Shaffer of Harrisonville and Michelle Roxby of Waynesboro.

Powell’s full obituary can be found on page B3 of the “News.”

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