Man Dies in Logging Accident

Benton Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/27/18 

On October 26, 2018, at Benton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a logging accident, near the town of Alsea, Oregon.

A 911 call came in at approximately 8:40 am after a log rolled on two men while working for Wiest Logging, on an active logging site, off Lobster Valley Road near Alsea, Oregon.

An air ambulance was immediately requested, but declined due to bad weather conditions.

Hector Rodarte, 27 years old, from Monmouth, Oregon was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Ricky Payton, 29 years old, of Independence, Oregon, was hoisted out of a steep ravine by First Responders and transported to Good Sam Regional Medical Center in Corvallis, Oregon.

Corvallis Mountain Rescue, Corvallis Fire Department, Alsea Rural Fire, Weist Logging Employees and Benton County Sheriff's Office Deputies assisted in the rescue.

Investigation is continuing.