Volunteers recover body of logger killed by tree

ALSEA, Ore. - Search and rescue volunteers carried the body of a logger 2,000 vertical feet out of the drainage where he was working when he was killed by a falling tree Thursday, the Lane County Sheriff's Office said.

Richard Gray, 59, died at the scene. A falling tree hit Gray at the work site off Highway 36.

The sheriff's office got the call just before noon Thursday.

More than a dozen Lane County Search and Rescue volunteers responded with other Sheriff's Office staff and hiked down approximately 2,000 feet into the drainage where the tree hit Gray.

The volunteers carried his body up the steep embankment by way of a rescue litter.

The accident will be investigated by OSHA.

The Lane County Sheriff's Office will conduct the death investigation.