The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

June 5, 2013

Jackson Township man dies from injuries in ATV accident

Justin Dennis
jdennis@tribdem.com

NANTY GLO — A Jackson Township man died Wednesday morning, succumbing to injuries he sustained in an all-terrain vehicle accident near the 800 block of McCoy Street in Nanty Glo Borough, just 50 yards from the main road, on May 5.

Around 11 p.m. that night, Brian J. Buynack, 39, and his friends were riding east on trails that were part of the Blacklick Creek Flood Protection Project.

Cambria County Deputy Chief Coroner Jeffrey Lees said that after failing to negotiate a slight curve around a steep embankment on a 450cc Kymco Maxxer, Buynack fell approximately 15 feet from the ATV into the creek below.

Lees said Buynack was not wearing a helmet nor a harness, and his blood-alcohol level was 0.21. The legal driving limit is 0.08.

He was removed from the creek shortly after the accident by Nantly Glo Fire Department and Blacklick Ambulance Service. He was then flown by medical helicopter to Memorial Medical Center, where he remained unconscious and in critical condition in the intensive care unit until his death at 9:38 a.m. Wednesday.

Lees attributed his death to the multiple neck and head injuries sustained in the crash and ruled it accidental.

Buynack’s family operates a bike shop along Route 22 in Ebensburg, Buynack’s Bikes and Motorports.

Funeral arrangements are being made with Askew-Houser Funeral Homes of Ebensburg.

This accident follows another fatal ATV crash on Saturday night in Revloc. Paul Taylor,  23, also of Jackson Township, was killed instantly from blunt force head trauma when his ATV struck a hole in the dilapidated wooden bridge he was attempting to cross and he fell approximately 14 feet into the creek below.

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