SHAMOKIN TOWNSHIP — A 46-year-old Ralpho Township resident was injured Friday afternoon when he fell from a tree stand while hunting in a remote section of the township.
The archery hunter was identified by a relative at the scene as Chris Hager, of Center Street, Elysburg. He was taken by Elysburg Ambulance to Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, for injuries to his back and ribs after the 3:30 p.m. incident.
Rescue workers said Hager was using a tree stand that was attached by cable to a large tree and platform in a section of woods off Poppy Road, between Snydertown Road and Shamrock Road, when the cable snapped, sending him about 15 feet to the ground. He was able to call for help and firefighters and rescue crew members from Elysburg Fire Company and ambulance, along with members of Stonington Fire Company, responded. Elysburg and Stonington fire police also responded.
Elysburg’s rescue utility vehicle was used to transport Hager hundreds of yards along an open field to Poppy Road after he was brought out of the woods.
Kerry Yordy, Stonington fire chief, commended rescue personnel for their timely response and efficient work.
Hager, an employee of National Ticket Co., was described as an experienced hunter.
Officials of the Pennsylvania Game Commission apparently will investigate the accident because it involved a licensed hunter.