MONROE TOWNSHIP -- The first day of the New Year turned tragic for a family in Wyoming County.
The Wyoming County Coroner said a man died Wednesday afternoon after being hit by a tree branch.
The coroner is not releasing the victim's name until extended family has been notified and is calling this a terrible tragedy.
Officials said the man was killed around 2 p.m. at his home on Burd Lane in the Noxen area.
The coroner said the man had started cutting the tree Tuesday and returned to his yard Wednesday afternoon to finish the job.
The coroner believes a branch snapped, striking and killing the man.
Neighbor Eugene Schooley said he heard the victim working in his yard, then a few hours later he heard an ambulance drive by his house.
“Earlier this afternoon I did hear him down there cutting trees down, and he`s always down there cutting trees down, and I don`t know what could have happened,” said Schooley. “You never know when you`re cutting trees down, one thing could go this way or that way and that would be it.”
The Wyoming County Coroner said this death is not under investigation.