- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

LYONS, Ore. (AP) - Authorities are investigating a logging accident that killed a 55-year-old Salem man.

Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley said in a news release the accident happened outside Lyons before noon Wednesday on property being logged by Ridgeway Logging, Inc.

Riley says contracted independent truck driver Jerry Dean Sramek had loaded logs from the site and was driving to a mill when investigators believe he stopped to re-secure his load.

While unfastening a chain, investigators say a log approximately 20 feet long and ten inches in diameter fell from the top of the trailer onto Sramek, causing fatal head and neck injuries.

Sramek was found by another truck driver. Sramek was wearing proper protective equipment.

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