Falling tree branch kills E. Drumore man Tree trimmers were cutting down poplars
BY DAN NEPHIN, Staff Writer
A wayward branch killed a 58-year-old East Drumore Township man Monday when it fell on him while a tree on his property was being cut down.
Martin J. Rineer and his sister, Bertie Rineer, were having poplars on their property logged when Martin went to tell workers that a truck (to haul the wood) would not be arriving Monday, Bertie Rineer said.
"All I knew is, the electric went out and I went out to see what happened and the (worker) said a tree fell" on her brother, Bertie Rineer said.
Lancaster County Coroner Dr. Stephen Diamantoni ruled the death an accident caused by multiple traumatic injuries. No autopsy will be performed.
"It was witnessed. The cause and manner were clear," he said.
The large branch killed Rineer immediately, the coroner said.
The tree, with a trunk about 26 inches in diameter, fell in a different direction than intended, Diamantoni said.
"I think it's just an unfortunate incident, a tragic accident," he said.
The accident was reported about 1:13 p.m. Monday at the Rineers' property at 714 Center Road, about two miles south of Quarryville off of Robert Fulton Highway.
Bertie Rineer said her brother liked hunting, fishing and NASCAR, and worked baling straw and corn fodder in Delaware.