A 62-year-old man was seriously injured Monday morning in Paradise Township when the tree limb he was cutting fell on top of him, according to the Northern York County Regional Police Department.
The man, who has not been identified, was helping a friend living at the 200 block of North Lake Road cut down the tree, said police chief Mark Bentzel.
The men had secured a chain around the limb in order to guide it to the ground after it was cut, Bentzel said. But the limb fell in the wrong direction and landed on top of the man.
When police arrived just before 7:30 a.m. Monday, the homeowner had lifted the limb off the injured man, though he remained underneath the limb until emergency medical crews arrived, Bentzel said.
Man's condition: The man's breathing seemed labored, Bentzel said, though the extent of his injuries was unclear. The man was airlifted via helicopter to York Hospital, though police have not received an update on the man's health.
The police department's investigation into the incident is complete, Bentzel said.
"This was an unfortunate accident," he added.
Bentzel said he suspects many people are cleaning up limbs and debris from the recent thunderstorms, which can become a dangerous activity. Just as in Monday's accident, falling limbs and other problems can arise, he said.
"Use caution because tree cutting is something that can be unpredictable," Bentzel said.