Sheriff's Office rules death of woman felling fir trees on property accidental, OSHA reviewing

A woman was killed Tuesday morning, Sept. 8, in a logging accident in Chapman.

According to Columbia County Sheriff Jeff Dickerson, Deanna Anderson, 54, of Scappoose, was pronounced dead at the scene of a property on Eversole Lane around 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, after a caller reported a large tree had fallen on her before she could move out of the way.

Anderson and another person were felling large fir trees on the private property, according to a spokeswoman from the Scappoose Fire District.

“There had had been a large fir tree cut. It caused other trees to fall at the same time," Cheryl Engstrom, public information officer for the fire district, said Wednesday. "One of the witnesses heard a snapping sound, but they were unable to yell for the victim to move."

Columbia County Sheriff's Office conducted a death investigation and ruled the incident an accident, Dickerson said. It's also being investigated by Oregon's Occupational Safety and Health division as an industrial accident.

Engstrom said Anderson was working with a private logging company, but the company has not been identified.

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