Mo. man dies while working on pipeline project
A Missouri man died Wednesday while working on a natural gas pipeline project in Burlington Township.
In a news release, Bradford County Coroner Tom Carman said that Kenneth Donovan Elliott, 42, of Missouri was pronounced dead at 1:49 p.m. in Burlington Township, off of the Berwick Turnpike, following the 12:42 p.m. accident.
Carman said that Elliott was pronounced dead on Chief Oil & Gas' Madigan Well site.
When asked for comment, Kristi Gittins, spokesperson for Chief, said that the mishap did not take place at a Chief site.
She said it was a PVR (Penn Virginia Resources) site. She noted that the company, based in Radnor, Pa., is "a large national pipeline company working in the area."
Carman said Elliott was employed by Midway Oilfield of Midway, Texas.
Midway Oilfield was in the process of clearing the right-of-way for a natural gas pipeline, according to Carman.
He said Elliott was operating a chainsaw, and was in the process of cutting down a tree, when the tree kicked back, striking him and knocking him to the ground.
Carman said Elliott died as a result of blunt force head trauma, and the manner of death has been ruled accidental.
Routine toxicology studies are being performed, Carman said.
Other units on scene were the Pennsylvania State Police, North Towanda Fire Rescue, Troy Fire Rescue and Memorial EMS, according to Carman.
Carman said Elliott leaves behind three children.
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