Man dies in logging accident in Marlborough
A man has died after a log hauler rolled off a forestry track in Marlborough.
The 20-year-old was operating the wheeled log hauler when it came off the track near Blowhard Ridge in the Wairau Valley, about 40 kilometres west of Blenheim.
A Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter was sent from Nelson about 1.50pm on Thursday.
Pilot Barry McAuliffe said the hill was so steep the helicopter could not land so a medic was winched down to the site. The man was confirmed dead at the scene.
The log hauler appeared to have rolled several hundred metres down the hill, McAuliffe said.
Marlborough St John territory manager Murray Neal said an ambulance dispatched from Blenheim was turned back after the helicopter was called.
Two trucks from the Wairau Valley Volunteer Fire Brigade and one from the Renwick Volunteer Fire Brigade were also called, but were also turned back before arriving.
A police spokesman said police were conducting investigations at the scene and WorkSafe had been notified.
A WorkSafe spokeswoman said Worksafe was investigating the fatality.
- The Marlborough Express