HARMONSBURG, Pa. (KDKA/AP) – Authorities say a man died following a hunting accident in western Pennsylvania over the weekend.

State police in Meadville say 19-year-old Jacob Smith of Linesville was hunting with friends in Summit Township near the Conneaut Lake Park amusement park. Smith was a student at Slippery Rock University.

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The Crawford County coroner said Smith was removing items from a hunting sled when his shotgun accidentally went off shortly before 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

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Coroner Scott Schell told the Meadville Tribune that shotgun pellets struck Smith in the abdomen. He was taken to Meadville Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Schell ruled Smith’s death accidental. State police and the Pennsylvania Game Commission are investigating.

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