Hunter injured after falling from tree stand in the town of Poland

POLAND — A local hunter was taken to an Erie, Pa., hospital after he fell from a tree stand Wednesday afternoon in the town of Poland.

The hunter, who could not be immediately identified, reportedly fell about 10 to 11 feet to the ground after the tree stand he was in collapsed. The incident occurred shortly before 4 p.m. in the area of Hartson Road and Route 62 in Poland.

Kennedy fire chief Keith Bean said equipment from Gerry and Frewsburg volunteer fire departments was needed to reach the downed hunter. Multiple all-terrain vehicles were used to bring supplies to the accident site, as well as to bring the hunter out of the woods, Bean said.

“He was in the woods up on a hill so we needed the four-wheeler and ATV to get up to him,” Bean said. “He was alert and talking with us.”

The hunter was transported by Kennedy firefighters to UPMC Hamot. The severity of his injuries wasn’t known.

Also assisting Wednesday were Chautauqua County fire coordinators and Dr. Brian Walters, county medical director.