Thursday, May 11, 2017

JLG employee Raymond L. Lynch, 45, of Shippensburg seriously injured after he was run-over by a tractor-trailer on the company's Shippensburg-area campus

 Raymond L. Lynch, 45, of Shippensburg

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. — The JLG employee who was hit by a tractor-trailer on the company's Shippensburg-area campus Wednesday has been released from Hershey Medical Center, Pennsylvania State Police said Thursday morning.

The incident appears to have been an accident and, as of now, no charges have been filed, said Trooper Brent Miller, spokesman for the Carlisle, Pa., state-police barrack.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was notified of the incident, JLG spokeswoman Jennifer Stiansen said Thursday.

Nathan H. Hawbaker, 66, of Chambersburg, Pa., was driving a 2002 Freightliner truck, trying to maneuver it into position to go to another loading dock at the 560 Walnut Bottom Road facility on Wednesday afternoon when JLG employee Raymond L. Lynch, 45, of Shippensburg, stepped behind the truck to see if the maneuver was possible, according to a state police news release.

The truck began the maneuver without clearance from Lynch and ran into Lynch, causing him to trip and fall, the release said.

The truck continued to back up and ran over Lynch, who was dragged approximately 20 feet, the release said.

Lynch's injuries were severe enough that emergency service officials decided to have him flown to Hershey rather than be transported to a nearby hospital, Fire Lt. Dylan Woosnam, with Shippensburg's Vigilant Hose Co., said Wednesday.

The accident was reported at 3:24 p.m., a Cumberland County, Pa., 911 supervisor said Wednesday.

Walnut Bottom Road, also known as Pa. 174, is northeast of Shippensburg, which straddles the Franklin County-Cumberland County line.

JLG makes makes aerial work platforms and telehandlers. A subsidiary of Oshkosh Corp., the company has facilities in Greencastle, Pa., and McConnellsburg, Pa., as well as administrative offices in Hagerstown, Md.

Operations at the Shippensburg facility include the manufacturing of aerial work platforms and telehandlers, a type of aerial equipment; parts reconditioning; and service, Stiansen said.

Stiansen confirmed the injured man was a JLG employee, but did not know Thursday morning whether the truck driver was also an employee.

There are typically a number of tractor-trailers that go in and out of the facility daily, she said.