Tragic news as an investigation is underway into the death of a local man who died in a wood cutting accident.

On Monday around 3:30 p.m., deputies and detectives from the Ulster County Sheriff's Office responded to reports of a serious wood-cutting accident on Stone Road in the Town of Hurley.

Lewis E. Peck, 40, of Phoenica was operating a wood processing machine that cuts and splits firewood, police say.

According a preliminary investigation, it’s believed that Peck got tangled in the machine which resulted in a fatal injury.

Detectives were assisted at the scene by the West Hurley Fire Department and Mobile Life Support Services.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Peck’s family and friends.

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