The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office is reporting a fatal logging accident occurred over the weekend in the town of Riply.
According to a media release, deputies responded to a call that came in Saturday morning just before 9:30 a.m. of a logging accident near Klondike Road. Police say the logger was identified as 46-year-old David Byler of Middlefield, Ohio. Byler was cutting trees about one-half mile from the road in a wooded area when a tree fell on him. He was transported to Hamot Medical Center in Erie, and died as a result of his injuries Sunday afternoon.
Ripley and South Ripley Fire Departments assisted at the scene.