FORKS — A Port Angeles man was in stable condition at Harborview Medical Center on Saturday after a log rolled onto him while he was logging in the Forks area on Friday.
Terry Tyler, 29, suffered a broken pelvis and ankle and possibly has internal injuries, according to his sister-in-law, Ashley Gourley, on a fundraising Facebook page. She posted on Saturday that he would have surgery on Monday.
He was flown to the Seattle hospital from Forks Community Hospital, where he had been stabilized, by a Navy helicopter crew, said Sgt. Ed Anderson of the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies and Forks police officers answered a call for help from Tyee Ridge at about 7:09 a.m. Friday.
The wooded area is located north of Highway 101 and can be accessed from a logging road located near milepost 198. Law enforcement arrived a short time after the initial 911 call and learned that 29-year-old Terry Tyler from Port Angeles was working for The Dahlgren logging Company when he was seriously injured by a log that had rolled onto him.
Tyler had been working for the Dahlgren Logging Company as a choker setter and rigging slinger on a high lead logging site, Anderson said.
He had been setting choker cables onto logs so they could be hoisted to the log landing site by a skyline attached to a logging tower. He was placing a choker cable onto a log when another log rolled onto him, Anderson said.
Personnel working for the Dahlgren logging company used heavy equipment to remove the log that had fallen onto Tyler before members of the Forks Ambulance took him to Forks Community Hospital.
A Facebook fundraiser has been created at www.facebook.com/ donate/2174323649339067 /3095531627154379/. As of Saturday, it had raised $550 of a $1,500 goal.