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A Bradford County man was accidentally killed this week while working with a road crew to clear logs and brush from a roadway.

The accident took place around 2 p.m. Tuesday on state Route 187 in Windham Township, according to Pennsylvania State Police at Towanda.

John J. Maxwell Jr., 72, of Battle Creek Road in Ulster, was with a group of men who were clearing logs and brush from the western berm of Route 187, when some of the logs partially blocked the northbound lane, troopers said.

Maxwell was directing traffic around the log pile as his associates worked to remove the logs with a tractor, when the pile shifted and several logs swung out and swept Maxwell off his feet and into the air, according to state police.

Maxwell struck his head on the pavement as a result of the mishap. The other workers attempted to render aid until emergency personnel arrived.

Maxwell was airlifted to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, where he succumbed to his injuries.

The death was ruled accidental and no criminal charges will be filed, state police said.

Troopers were assisted at the scene by Nichols and Windham fire and emergency medical services, Guthrie EMS and the Bradford County Coroner’s Office.

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