Death Investigation – Crescent Lake Area in Klamath County

Oregon State Police (OSP) is completing an investigation into the accidental death of a 72-year old Crescent Lake-area man Thursday evening while trying to cut down a tree on his property.

On May 29, 2014 at approximately 8:40 p.m., an OSP trooper responded to a report of a deceased male in the 12000 block of Cruickshank Drive southeast of Crescent Lake. Upon arrival about 40 minutes later, OSP was met by Chemult Rural Fire Protection District personnel who confirmed a deceased male was pinned under a tree.

Subsequent investigation indicates EUGENE FRANK ANDREWS, age 72, was attempting to cut down a tree approximately 1 foot in diameter when it fell, striking him in the head. ANDREWS had tied a rope to the tree and was putting tension on it with an ATV. He was about twenty feet away from the tree’s base when it fell and struck him.

The time of death hasn’t been confirmed. His wife, who found him and reported the incident, had just returned to the property from out of town. Friends and neighbors contacted by OSP said they last saw him on Wednesday about noon.

OSP Trooper Jeremiah Beckert is the lead investigator.