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Man killed in Hermiston work site accident

East Oregonian

Published on March 6, 2018 12:08PM

Last changed on March 6, 2018 5:05PM

HERMISTON — A man died in an industrial accident southwest of Hermiston on Tuesday morning, but much of the information about the accident is still yet to be released.

At 11 a.m., Umatilla County Fire District 1 officials were dispatched to an industrial site on Cottonwood Bend Road, where an Amazon facility is being built.

Battalion Chief Corey Gorham said one man died as a result of an accident, but did not confirm his name or exactly how he died. Gorham said the incident is being investigated by Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and he couldn’t release any more information about it.

Dispatchers on the emergency scanner said the man had been hit by highly pressurized water, as much as 200 psi, and that CPR was administered. Shortly afterward, a dispatcher said a chaplain had been sent to scene.

Moments before that call, UCFD crews had been dispatched to a wreck between a van and small sports utility vehicle that T-boned in front of the Tom Denchel car dealership at 81143 Highway 395.

Two adults and one child were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to Lt. Matt Fisher. Traffic was shut down in the northbound lanes for 30 minutes.


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