Centralia logger dies in Pacific County accident

A 50 year old logger died late last week after an accident while working.

According to the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office, they were called to Rayonier Forestry Land near Fossil Creek after an accident 16 miles in from the paved road.

A co-worker said that the man was working a shovel loader when it rolled down a steep embankment.

A deputy with the Sheriff’s Office and emergency services workers responded to the scene and said that the loader rolled “several hundred yards down a steep embankment”.

The shovel was upside down on a service road. Witnesses said that the man was “shovel logging” a side hill when the machine over and rolled to the bottom.

50 year old William J. Leonard of Centralia died at the scene.

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