News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: Thursday, July 10, 2014
Media and Interested Parties
UPDATE (MONDAY, JULY 14, 2014):
The Sheriff's Office can now release the name of the victim in the July 10 tree-felling accident.
Per the Medical Examiner's Office, the victim has been identified as Arthur Canada, 64, of Estacada.
EARLIER (THURSDAY, JULY 10, 2014):
Just after 1 p.m. on Thursday July 10, 2014, a group of campers were out cutting firewood in the Mount Hood National Forest on USFS RD 4630 about a mile from Lake Harriet. They were improperly felling large Douglas Fir tree that was dead and leaning over.
The tree was described as 130 to 150 feet in length. They used a chain saw to cut the tree and a chain attached to a truck that was then hooked to the tree. When the tree fell the top rotten section of the tree broke off and fell separately from the main tree hitting one of the men and seriously injuring him.
One of the men went to the Ripple Brook Ranger Station to call for help. Clackamas County received a 911 call at 1:30 p.m. Medical personnel responded to the scene and rendered first aid to the injured male.
The male -- in his 60s, from Estacada Oregon -- was fatally injured when struck by the falling rotten tree top.
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and the Clackamas County Medical Examiners Office responded to the scene and investigated the incident.
The name of the male is not being released at this time pending family notification. The others involved in the incident do not wish to be contacted.
Please refer to the Mount Hood National Forest website regarding proper wood cutting areas, rules, and techniques.
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