Meadville Tribune

September 11, 2013

Forklift accident costs Saegertown teen his life

Meadville Tribune

COCHRANTON — A 17-year-old was killed when a forklift fell on him at Greenridge Forest Products logging company on Franklin Pike Wednesday afternoon.

Jacob A. Byler of Saegertown was reportedly moving lumber inside the shop around 1 p.m. when he backed the forklift off a loading dock, supposedly ejecting him from the operator’s seat.

The forklift then rolled on top of him, according to Steve Kurtz, company owner.

Crawford County Coroner Scott Schell pronounced the teen dead at 1:30 p.m. from multiple blunt force trauma. The death was ruled accidental.

Byler had not been wearing the forklift’s seatbelt, Schell said.