- Associated Press - Saturday, August 16, 2014

SANDY, Ore. (AP) - The Clackamas County, Oregon, sheriff’s office has identified a hiker who died this week in the rain-swollen Sandy River near Mount Hood as a New Lenox, Illinois, man.

The sheriff’s office says 34-year-old Brent A. Ludwig was crossing a seasonal wooden footbridge on the Ramona Falls Trail on Tuesday when the river suddenly surged an estimated four to six feet, sweeping the man into the water.

The Oregonian reports that according to Timberline Lodge, a series of intense thunderstorms had dumped 1 ½ inches of rain in less than an hour.

Search crews found the man’s body more than a mile downstream. The sheriff’s office says the death has been ruled an accident.

Water rescue crews rushed to the area with boats and technical equipment. They set up floating shuttles to ferry 23 stranded hikers and their gear across the river.

The Ramona Falls Trail is expected to remain closed until a new footbridge can be installed.

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