HELIX - A 16-year-old Beaverton boy was killed Saturday evening in a wheat truck accident north of Pendleton, according to the Umatilla County Sheriff's Office.
Kason Terjeson, who was working for the summer on the Terjeson family wheat ranch, was leaving the field with a loaded wheat truck when his brakes apparently failed. The truck rolled down a hill, crossed Fergie Road and came to rest against a ditch on the other side.
Fergie Road is located in the Juniper Canyon area near Helix.
Umatilla County dispatch reported that a call was received at 5:39 p.m. and that a deputy was dispatched to the scene shortly thereafter. The accident was believed to have occurred around 5 p.m. although the exact time was not available.
The Athena-Weston Ambulance, East Umatilla County Rural Fire Protection District, the Helix Fire Department and the Umatilla County Sheriff's Office all responded to the accident according to a report from Umatilla County Sheriff John Trumbo. According to information received from witnesses at the scene, the East Umatilla County Rural Fire Protection District's Jaws of Life had to be used to remove the body of the victim from the cab of the truck.
Kason Terjeson is the son of Matt and Jan Peterson Terjeson.
He was believed to be working for his great uncle Gerald Terjeson and his cousin, Jerry Terjeson.
No other details of the accident were available at press time.