Man named after log hauler crash death
The man who died in a logging accident in Marlborough has been named by police as 20-year-old Luke Thomas Dixon.
Dixon, of Marlborough, was operating the wheeled log hauler when it came off a forestry track on Thursday near Blowhard Ridge in the Wairau Valley, about 40 kilometres west of Blenheim.
Marlborough Forestry Industry Association executive officer Vern Harris said details of the incident were yet to be confirmed, but the workplace death was a tragedy.
"It's a very, very sad event," he said.
"Obviously it's a terrible thing to happen and the effect on the family and his workmates will be quite traumatic for them.
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"It's very upsetting for all concerned."
A Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to the Wairau Valley about 1.50pm on Thursday following reports of an accident.
Pilot Barry McAuliffe said the hill was so steep the helicopter could not land so a medic was winched down to the site. Dixon was confirmed dead at the scene.
The log hauler appeared to have rolled several hundred metres down the hill, McAuliffe said.
There were several forestry blocks in the Blowhard Ridge area, Harris said.
He had been to the ridge in recent months and said the road, which was largely flat but steep in certain places, was in good condition.
"They would be keeping it up to a reasonable standard because they're working up there," he said.
A WorkSafe spokeswoman said the work health and safety regulator was investigating the incident.
A police spokeswoman said inquiries into the fatal accident were ongoing.
- The Marlborough Express