HOOVER, Ala. — The Jefferson County Coroner identifies the victim in Thursday's logging accident as 51-year-old John Robert Townsend. He was an employee of Randolph & Randolph Logging Company of Centreville, Alabama.
Hoover Police Department confirms a worker has died at a logging site near Hoover Metropolitan Stadium. The workers were clearing the site for residential development.
Townsend was part of a crew from Centreville-based Randolph & Randolph Logging Company working to clear trees for a new residential subdivision at Wilborn Lake near Stadium Trace Parkway and the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium.
According to the coroner's office, Townsend died from trauma suffered after being hit by a log that slipped from large mechanical boom loader. Townsend was operating a chainsaw at the time of the incident.
Crews are arriving on scene at this time. The initial report is a log fell on a worker.
HOOVER, Ala. (WIAT) — UPDATE: The victim has been identified as 51-year-old John Robert Townsend of West Blocton. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:49 a.m.
The coroner says Townsend was standing on the ground working a chainsaw when the boom truck ( the large mechanical arm that moves logs) had a log slip out, falling on Townsend.
A 51-year-old man was killed Thursday at a logging site for a new subdivision near the Hoover Met on Stadium Trace,
The logging accident happened on Stadium Trace near the Wilborn Lake area. Hoover police say they received a call of someone injured by a log at 10:30. They responded to the scene and administered CPR to the victim.
Lt. Keith Czeskleba says the victim was a middle-aged male. They will release the identity after next of kin is notified.
According to preliminary information on the scene, officials think the equipment was picking up a log when it slipped out and fell on top of the victim. The victim, an employee of Randolph & Randolph Logging Company of Centreville, was working to harvest timber from the land that is being cleared for the new development.
The logging company spoke to CBS 42 by telephone saying, “we are sorry that it happened and wish that it had not happened.”