One man was killed and another severely burned as they were loading logs and the loader boom came into contact with a live power line.
The accident was reported about 11:27 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29. It occurred about a mile north of the Meadowbrook Store, off Highway 395 in north Grant County.
Sheriff Glenn Palmer said Sydney Gillham had just returned from checking his mail at the Dale Store when he heard someone yelling for help. He found Chad Engle, 41, of Monument, with severe burns at the scene of the accident.
Roger W. Weissenfluh, 53, of Fox, died at the scene.
Gillham drove to the Meadowbrook Store to phone for help, as the power had gone out at his home.
Palmer said Engle Contracting LLC had contracted to clear trees from the Columbia Power Cooperative from its right of way. Engle had purchased the trees from Gillham and was removing them to be hauled to Pilot Rock.
The investigation indicated that Engle was backing up a log loader when its boom contacted the power line.
A 1991 Peterbilt log truck, registered to Bar NI Company of Long Creek and operated by Weissenfluh, was partially loaded and parked next to the loader. The men were preparing to finish loading the truck.
Weissenfluh was standing between the two vehicles and touching the loader when the boom hit the live power line.
Long Creek Ambulance and Blue Mountain Hospital Ambulance crews responded and took Engle to the hospital in John Day. He was transferred by AirLink air ambulance to the Oregon Burn Center in Portland.