MT. VERNON - A Mt. Vernon man died last week when an ATV he was trying to offload from a trailer overturned on him.
The Grant County Sheriff's Office said the accident occurred Thursday, Oct. 7, as William Edward Wagner, 71, and his son, Mark, 47, of Portland, were en route to cut firewood in the Malheur National Forest.
When they drove onto a steep road that was wet from recent rain, their 1992 Ford Explorer became stuck. The Explorer was pulling a 10-foot wood trailer that held the ATV.
Wagner was trying to back the ATV out of the trailer when it flipped and landed directly on him.
Rescue attempts were unsuccessful and Wagner was pronounced dead at the scene.
The incident occurred off Forest Road 4900, on the 052 spur road, about 1-1/2 miles south of the Laycock and Ingle Creek junctions.