1 dead, 1 in critical condition after tree-trimming, home-building accidents


Delaware State Police are investigating two separate downstate industrial accidents. One proved to be fatal.

On Monday morning, troopers were dispatched to the 12000 block of Pin Oak Lane, Harrington.

Upon arrival, paramedics were attending to a 59-year-old man. Further investigation indicated that the victim was cutting down a tree branch when the branch snapped and struck the boom lift where the victim was working. The victim fell 40 feet from the bucket.

The man was taken to Bayhealth Sussex Campus hospital where he was pronounced dead.

At 4:03 p.m., when troopers were called to the 31000 block of Temple Road at The Governors, home development near Lewes.

Prior to police arrival, the 22-year-old man had been airlifted to Christiana Hospital by the Delaware State Police Aviation Unit.

The man was a contractor working on a residence under construction.

He was on the second story of the residence standing on a 2×4 while installing floor joists. The man lost his footing and fell approximately 14 feet onto a concrete slab below.

The Philadelphia man was admitted to the hospital in critical condition.

Both cases remain under investigation by the Delaware State Police Major Crimes Unit.

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