Tue. 7:56pm: Man struck by falling tree

SALEM – A man was taken to a Youngstown hospital this afternoon with serious injuries following a logging accident in Salem Township.

Township Constable Dan Valentine identified the injured person as 37-year-old Ron Mullet.

Mullet was working for an Amish logging outfit from West Farmington when the accident occurred about 1:30 p.m., according to Winona fire Chief George Brantingham.

Valentine said Mullet was cutting up a felled tree when another employee using heavy equipment pushed over a tree that was 18 to 20 feet tall. The tree fell across Mullet’s back, knocking him over and pinning him to the ground before it was removed.

The Leetonia EMS responded, as did the Winona Fire Department to set up a landing zone for the helicopter.

Neither Valentine nor Brantingham was aware of Mullet’s condition. “When we got there he was conscious and breathing but in excruciating pain,” Valentine said.

He did not know the identity of the property owner or where Mullet is from.

Mullet was flown to St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.