Sheriff: Trail man killed in logging accident south of Ashland

Russell Elder was operating a piece of heavy equipment when it rolled over, the Sheriff's Office said.

Posted: Oct 24, 2019 9:33 AM
Updated: Oct 24, 2019 2:41 PM

ASHLAND, Ore. — A Trail man died on Wednesday following a logging accident at a site south of Ashland, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO) said in a statement.

89-year-old Russell Gilbert Elder was operating a piece of heavy equipment when it rolled over, the agency said.

Dispatch received a 911 call from the logging site several miles southeast of Callahan's Lodge just after 2:30 p.m. on October 23.

"The location was in private timber land approximately two miles southeast of Interstate 5, exit 6," JCSO said. "The caller reported a possible rollover involving heavy machinery."

Deputies, firefighters, and paramedics all responded to the scene. Elder was pronounced dead when they arrived.

Investigators determined that Elder had been operating a "skid-steer loader" that overturned on a slope. A detective with the Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office also responded to confirm Elder's cause and manner of death. JCSO said that Elder's family has been notified.

Elder was employed by Farmer Logging, according to the Sheriff's Office.

"The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Oregon OSHA) was notified of the incident, a standard procedure when a death occurs in the workplace," JCSO said.

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