Man running log-loader fatally pinned in storm

TOWN OF CROGHAN — Severe weather conditions and intense winds caused logs to fall and kill a 47-year-old man at the Wahalula Truck Trail off Route 812 shortly after noon on Tuesday.

Kenneth Yousey Jr., of Croghan, who was pinned by the logs, was recovered by fire and ambulance personnel, and he was pronounced dead, Lewis County Sheriff’s investigators said.

Yousey was loading logs onto his truck at about 12:15 p.m. when winds toppled the trees around him. The timber struck Yousey from behind as he was sitting at the controls of his log loader, pinning him against the steel frame, investigators said.

A co-worker found Yousey a few minutes later when he came out to check on him.

Investigators said the rescue effort was hampered by power outages, and several downed trees blocked emergency crews from getting to Yousey. His body was taken to Lewis County General Hospital where an autopsy to determine the cause of death was scheduled for this morning.

Trooper Benjamin Pate, state Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers and fire police assisted.