A male logger in his 50s suffered serious injuries Wednesday morning west of Philomath after he was struck in the head by a falling limb in an area 2-1/2 miles off Woods Creek Road, Philomath Fire & Rescue reported.
Capt. Rich Saalsaa, public information officer, said Philomath Fire & Rescue answered the call for help at 7:27 a.m. with a response that included a rescue truck and brush truck, each with two personnel, and incident commander Chancy Ferguson.
“Due to the nature of the injuries and the remote location, Lifeflight was dispatched to the scene,” Saalsaa said. “The patient was located and found to be seriously injured.”
Saalsaa described the incident as the man getting injured “during tree-cutting by a falling limb — known as a ‘widowmaker’ — that struck him in the head and pinned him to the ground.”
Loggers working with him assisted in cutting away the large limb. Corvallis Fire Department medics assisted in treating the man while waiting for Lifeflight. The helicopter then transported him to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center with serious injuries.