WIMER, Ore. — A logger was injured and needed rescue after a logging incident in remote forestland north of Wimer on Monday morning, according to the Rogue River Fire Department (RRFD).
The bulldozer operator was working at a Murphy Company logging site to cut a new road on the side of a mountain, on a 70 degree slope, when the driver became high-centered on a large stump — causing the bulldozer to roll and land on its side, RRFD said.
Loggers were working about nine miles up Ditch Creek Road near Daisy Mine Road "in rugged terrain" when the rollover happened. RRFD said that the driver was injured and couldn't make it back up the hillside.
Crews from RRFD, Evans Valley Fire District, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, and the Murphy company worked together to form a "short haul team," carrying the injured driver about one-fourth of a mile up the steep slope. RRFD then brought the driver down to an area where Mercy Flights landed a helicopter.
Mercy Flights airlifted the patient to Rogue Regional Medical Center for treatment. According to RRFD, the rescue took two hours to complete.