State Police Investigating Fatal Industrial Accident- Harrington

Harrington- The Delaware State Police are investigating a fatal industrial accident that occurred yesterday.

The incident occurred on August 24, 2020, at approximately 10:22 a.m., when Troopers were dispatched to the 12000 block of  Pin Oak Lane, Harrington, in reference to an industrial accident. Upon arrival, paramedics were attending to a 59-year-old male.  Further investigation revealed that the victim was cutting down a tree branch when the branch snapped and struck the boom lift in which the victim was standing in.  The victim fell out of the bucket and approximately 40 feet to the ground.

The victim was transported to the Sussex Bayhealth Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.  The victim was turned over to the Delaware Division of Forensic Science where an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause and manner of death.  His name is being withheld at this time.

The case continues to remain under investigation by the Delaware State Police Criminal Investigations Unit.

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe

Released: 082520 0826





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