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Logging Fatality

Posted on 10th January 2012 at 08:25

An investigation is under way after a Rainier man was killed this past Friday, in a tree-falling incident that took place on some property outside of town. Columbia County Sheriff Jeff Dickerson says that Michael Earlywine, 44, was killed shortly after 1 pm on Friday, as he was cutting a tree on some property in the 74000 block of DeBast Road. Dickerson says that Earlywine was helping a contractor on the property when he was hit in the head, killing him almost instantly. Emergency personnel were called to the scene, but Earlywine was beyond help at that point. The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration is following up, along with the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.