Vale Irrigation District worker dies when truck rolls around

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A 26-year-old man from Vale died on Wednesday October 27 while working on a canal bank project for the Vale Irrigation District in Oregon.

VALE – An employee of the Vale Irrigation District in Oregon was killed Wednesday when a dump truck he was driving along a canal overturned and rolled over, according to the Malheur County Sheriff, Brian Wolfe.

The victim was Jonathan Harrison, 26, of Vale.

Wolfe said Harrison was part of an Irrigation District crew hauling supplies to shore up a canal bank. The crash happened around 10 a.m. on Wednesday, October 27, about a mile north of the end of Birch Street, just north of its intersection with West Second Avenue.

He said Harrison was driving a 10-wheeler dump truck down the canal bank with old cement when tires hit a soft shoulder.

“As the truck rolled down the road, the downslope side shoulder gave way under the passenger side tires causing the truck to slide off the road and then overturn several times,” Aaron said. Corvin, public information officer for Oregon OSHA.

Wolfe said Harrison was kicked out and there were no witnesses. He said the crash was discovered by another district employee carrying another load, around 10 to 15 minutes after the crash. He said Harrison died at the scene.

Wolfe said the Irrigation District had been working to shore up the canal bank for about two weeks to keep it from disappearing.

“Oregon OSHA has opened an investigation with the Vale Oregon Irrigation District,” Corvin said.

Wolfe said Harrison grew up in Vale and attended local schools.

“He was well known,” the sheriff said.

He said he was the son of Les Schwab store manager in Vale.

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