Police: Heidelberg man killed in chain-saw accident

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

A Heidelberg Township man died of injuries he suffered during a chain-saw accident on his property, according to police.

Southwestern Regional Police said Paul Hoffnagle, 52, of Woodland Drive, was working with a chain saw the morning of Wednesday, Aug. 2, when the accident happened.

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According to the York County Coroner's Office, Hoffnagle lost control of the running chain saw and caused multiple injuries to himself.

Deputy Coroner Matthew Groft pronounced Hoffnagle dead at the scene, the coroner's office said.

No autopsy is planned.

His cause of death was multiple sharp-force trauma, according to the coroner's office, which has ruled the death an accident.

Found dead: Hoffnagle was alone at the time, said Southwestern Regional Police Chief Greg Bean.

Police said they were called to a wooded area to the rear of Hoffnagle's property in the 9700 block of Woodland Drive about 11:45 a.m. 

Hoffnagle was found deceased, according to police, who said no foul play is suspected.

Family members looking for Hoffnagle found his body, according to Bean.

So far this summer, three other York County residents have died accidental deaths while working in their yards.

All three died in lawn-tractor accidents, according to the coroner's office — two in Chanceford Township and one in Manheim Township.

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— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.