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Stevenson, Washington – Hiker Dies from Injuries After Getting Struck by a Falling Tree

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Posted on August 29, 2019

Stevenson, Washington (August 29, 2019) – A hiker died from his injuries after getting struck by a falling tree at the Pacific Crest Trail. The victim, identified as 28 year-old Finn Bastian from Preetz, Germany couldn’t be revived and died.

According to the report, the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a group of hikers around 4 p.m. on Thursday afternoon. According to the call, one of the members was injured, and a search and rescue team was deployed. However, Bastian’s condition deteriorated, and while he was taken back to the trail head and given CPR, he could not be revived. According to Bastian’s hiking companions, they were crossing a wooden bridge when the tree fell and struck the victim. Officials have determined the base of the tree was rotten, leading to the incident.

About Crush Injuries

We offer our sympathies and compassion for the friends and loved ones of the victim. Unfortunately, this is not the only case of fatality or injuries involved with a falling object. Accidents that involve objects falling on the victim result in what is called “crush” injuries. According to the Arrive Alive website, crush injuries can occur in any car accident, falls or a situation where a structure is collapsing. Even minor crush injuries can involve a lot of pain and discomfort – such injuries include bruising, lacerations, and sprained ankles. Major crush injuries involve parts of the body below the skin, and usually involve blunt force. Major crush injuries include head fractures, facial trauma, severe lacerations and blunt force chest-and-abdominal trauma, among others. Additionally, because of the events which lead up to crush injuries, victims will often require extrication or some kind of rescue to get them out of the dangerous situation.

While it is true accidents can happen, we urge everyone to do their part to ensure safety in their surroundings. Avoid  areas with hazards such as rockfalls and construction sites if possible, and be cautious if it is necessary. For their part, construction crews should adhere to safety guidelines and make sure that any equipment they use will not become a hazard for anyone else. Make sure that your own home is able to withstand any kind of rough weather, particularly if it’s a mobile home. Ensuring our safety can also ensure the safety of others.