St. Ignatius Man Killed in Logging Accident

By Beacon Staff

MISSOULA – A St. Ignatius man was killed while working with some logging equipment in the Polson area.

The Lake County sheriff said Friday that 28-year-old Bryan Zempel was operating a log skidder on private property north of Polson at about 2 p.m. Thursday. Sheriff Lucky Larson says the skidder rolled down a steep hillside, Zempel was thrown off and died from multiple blunt force trauma.

He was pronounced dead at the scene by Lake County Deputy Coroner Michael Gehl.

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