Kane Police probe ‘freak’ fatal accident

KANE – The Kane Borough Police Department is investigating a “freak” accident that has claimed the life of a 52-year-old Kane man.Police Chief Brian Hillard has identified the victim as Dale Ostrander of 129 Lincoln Ave., Kane.Hillard said the accident occurred Tuesday morning near the employee entrance at the rear of Kane Community Hospital. Ostrander was a hospital employee, the police chief said.According to police, a worker for the Asplundh Tree Expert company arrived at the hospital Tuesday to speak with members of the hospital maintenance staff.Police said the Asplundh employee apparently left his pickup truck “idling” when he got out of the vehicle parked near the hospital employee entrance.Police said Ostrander reportedly was seated at a bench in an area just outside the employee entrance.Police said a picnic table for employee use also is located in the same area outside this entrance.For an unknown reason, the unoccupied 2003 GMC Sierra pickup truck moved forward toward the building and hit the picnic table, police said.The victim attempted to “get out of the way” of the oncoming truck, but was pinned between the picnic table and the wall when the truck struck the picnic table, police said.The pickup truck was backed up to free Ostrander and he was immediately taken to the hospital emergency room, police said.A medical helicopter transported the victim to the Hamot Medical Center in Erie, police said. Ostrander was pronounced dead Tuesday afternoon at Hamot, police said.The victim sustained “internal injuries,” police said.As part of the investigation, police impounded the truck. The truck has an automatic gearshift, police said.Hillard said at this time “it appears to be a freak accident.”State Police are assisting with the investigation. Police said Asplundh is “cooperating in the investigation.”Police are trying to determine the speed of the truck at the time of the impact that pinned the victim.Police did not provide the name of the driver of the truck involved in the incident.No other injuries were reported, police said.Hillard and Kane Borough Police Officer Derrick Snyder responded to the scene at 10:16 a.m. Tuesday. Police said the accident occurred about 9:50 a.m. Tuesday.Pick up a copy of the Thursday, May 17, 2012 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.