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Worker falls from railcar, killed at Stimson Lumber

A worker at Stimson Lumber Mill north of Gaston was struck and killed by a train Tuesday afternoon, according to Washington County Sheriff’s Sgt. Bob Ray.

Sheriff's deputies responded to the lumber mill, at 49800 S.W. Scoggins Valley Road at 1 p.m.

Deputies found Antonio Avalos, 46, of McMinnville, had been working in the railyard at the mill when it is believed he fell off the front of a train, which was moving at a slow speed, according to a sheriff's department press release.

The train was pushing four empty rail cars and Avalos was riding on the front railcar when he fell.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The tracks in the lumber yard are used to transport train cars that carry lumber around the yard.

Ray was at the site around 3 p.m., two hours after the fatal crash occurred.

“The medical examiner is here, OSHA’s en route,” he said, referring to the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which investigates accidents that occur during the course of a job.