From the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched late Monday morning to a report of an accident involving a 14 year old juvenile male who was severely injured along the banks of the Salmon River about two miles north of Lincoln City. The accident occurred as campers were shuttling camping gear along the riverbank for portage across the Salmon River.
Witnesses reported seeing a juvenile try to climb onto a moving two-axle trailer loaded with camping gear. The juvenile slipped, fell to the ground, and was run over by the trailer tires. Medical assistance was provided by witnesses until North Lincoln Fire & Rescue and Pacific West Ambulance arrived on scene. The juvenile was then transported to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital in Lincoln City where he succumbed to his injuries. The Oregonian newspaper reported that the boy was part of an outing in conjunction with the Oya No Kai Japanese Dual Language program run by the Portland School District.
Deputies determined the incident was accidental.