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PA hunter dies after falling from tree

Accidental Hunting Death in N. Tier
Reported by: Ana Liss
Last Update: 10/17/2008 10:19 am

Hector Township, Potter County - Pennsylvania State Police based in Coudersport say they're investigating the accidental hunting death of an older man that happened on Thursday afternoon.

Troopers say 78-year-old Thomas Kinny of Norton, Massachusetts was hunting near the intersection of Strait Road and Douglas Road in Hector Township. They say he was climbing into his tree stand before he fell.

Kinny then got his leg stuck in the crook of the tree, hanging upside down for approximately 3 hours until his hunting partner found him.

After Kinny was helped out of the tree, he slowly became unresponsive and went into cardiac arrest.

Kinny was pronounced dead at the scene.

An autopsy is underway. 

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