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Indiana County man killed by fallen tree limb

| Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2004

A 5-year-old Indiana County boy who saw his father crushed by a tree limb ran "a long distance" to summon help, according to the coroner's office, but the man did not survive.

John David Yackuboskey, 43, of 75 Dove Lane, Indiana, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident in a wooded area in Rayne Township, said Coroner Thomas L. Streams in a prepared release.

Yackuboskey and his son were gathering firewood on a steep hillside on their property at a location 1 1/2 miles off Tanoma Road just after noon yesterday, according to state police and the coroner.

State police at Indiana said Yackuboskey was cutting the limb of a Y-shaped branch that had broken from a tree's main trunk, but the limb he was not cutting broke and fell onto him.

Streams said Yackuboskey was pinned under the limb. The man's son ran an unspecified long distance from the woods to his house for help, according to the coroner.

Clymer Volunteer Fire Department responded and had the man extricated within 30 minutes.

Deputy coroner Janelle Lydic pronounced Yackuboskey dead at 1:32 p.m. of a crushed chest and pelvis, but Yackuboskey apparently died shortly after he was struck, with time of death listed as 12:09 p.m.

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