LOGGING ACCIDENT NEAR FORKS

  • Fri Aug 16th, 2019 7:39pm
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Injured logger, Terry Tyler, was airlifted Friday morning August 16 from the Forks Hospital by Navy helicopter to Harborview in Seattle. Photo by Lonnie Archibald

Injured logger, Terry Tyler, was airlifted Friday morning August 16 from the Forks Hospital by Navy helicopter to Harborview in Seattle. Photo by Lonnie Archibald

On Friday, August 16 at about 7:09 a.m. Pencom received a 911 call stating there had been a logging accident in the Forks area. Law enforcement officers from the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office and The Forks Police Department responded to an area known as Tyee Ridge.

The wooded area is located north of Highway 101 and can be accessed from a logging road located near milepost 198. Law enforcement arrived a short time after the initial 911 call and learned that 29-year-old Terry Tyler from Port Angeles was working for The Dahlgren logging Company when he was seriously injured by a log that had rolled onto him.

Mr. Tyler had been working as a choker setter and rigging slinger on a high lead logging site prior to the accident. Tyler had been setting choker cables onto logs so they could be hoisted to the log landing site by a skyline attached to a logging tower. Tyler was placing a choker cable onto a log when another log rolled onto him.

Personnel working for the Dahlgren logging company used heavy equipment in order to remove the log that had fallen onto Tyler. Members from the Forks ambulance crew responded to the scene and transported the injured man to the Forks Hospital. Mr. Tyler was stabilized at the Forks Hospital prior to being flown to Harbor View Medical Center in Seattle by a United States Navy Helicopter crew. At this time Mr. Tyler is believed to be in critical condition.

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