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Man dies in accident on recycling job

A Warren man, Gerald Stierwalt, 47, was killed in an industrial accident Tuesday morning at Northcreek Recycling on West Lane Road, near Scappoose.

Details of the accident remained sketchy at press time Tuesday morning.

Columbia County Undersheriff Gerry Simmons said, 'It was an unfortunate incident. They were performing maintenance on a piece of equipment and the victim was crushed between two pieces of industrial equipment.'

The accident occurred at 8:20 a.m. Tuesday.

Scappoose Rural Fire Protection District personnel and the county sheriff's office responded.

North Creek officials called it a 'tragic accident' and said 'the owners and other employees are obviously upset and are unable to speak to anyone about the accident at this time.'