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Logging accident claims the life of a man in Pike County, Illinois

Logging accident claims the life of a man in Pike County, Illinois (Image courtesy of MGN Online)

A man died Saturday evening after a logging accident south of New Canton, Illinois.

Pike County Sheriff Paul Petty said logging equipment fell on top of the man near 236 Avenue.

The sheriff's office says Michael P. Winchell, 40 of Pleasant Hill, Illinois, was clearing lumber with a log skidder when the accident happened.

Petty said the man's co-workers were able to pull Winchell out before emergency crews responded.

He was pronounced dead due to injuries sustained in the accident.

The cause of the accident is pending investigation by the Pike County Sheriff’s Department.

Assisting at the scene was the New Canton Fire Department, the Hull-Kinderhook Fire Department, the Barry Fire Department, the Pike County Ambulance Service and the Pike County Coroner’s Office.

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