A 41 year old Oregon man died after being struck by a tree branch that was removed from the vicinity of a power line Monday morning near Highway 89 and Interstate 5 in Mount Shasta.

The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office reported that its deputies responded to a report of an industrial accident about 10:17 a.m. Jan. 9.

“According to preliminary investigative reports, a hazardous tree branch was being removed when it struck a worker at the location,” the Sheriff’s Office states in a news release. “The victim sustained fatal injuries as a result of the incident. It has been confirmed that the victim was working away from the main roadway, after traversing a snow-covered area in a ‘Sno-Cat’ type vehicle when he was struck by a tree branch removed from the vicinity of a nearby power line.”

The victim was identified as David M. Schrock, age 41, of Waldport, Ore.

“On behalf of the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office, I would like to take this opportunity to offer our sincere condolences, thoughts, and prayers to the family, friends, and co-workers of Mr. Schrock in the aftermath of his tragic death,” Sheriff Jon Lopey states in the release.

Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sergeant Jeremiah LaRue stresses in the release the importance of taking safety precautions during “hazardous weather conditions” that have created “potentially unsafe conditions on roadways and other parts of the county, largely due to a significant accumulation of snow, ice, and flooding in various parts of Siskiyou County. All area residents, travelers, and workers are advised to use extreme caution when traveling, working, or conducting any activities in the county due to the changing weather conditions and hazardous conditions that have been prevalent in recent days. Heavy snow and additional rainfall is predicted today and later this week and it is advisable, if possible, to avoid areas of the county and roadways where snow, ice, and excessive flooding make non-essential travel and projects potentially too hazardous.”

Sergeant LaRue offered the following suggestions:

• Be aware of weather predictions;

• Ensure your vehicle is safe for winter operation;

• Dress and prepare for the worst of conditions;

• Carry emergency supplies such as blankets, water, food, flashlights;

• Have a reliable communications’ device such as a charged cellular phone;

• Ensure you have plenty of fuel in your vehicle;

• Avoid traveling alone;

• Notify a reliable person of your route and estimated time of travel and return, and, if at all possible avoid secondary or remote mountain roads due to adverse weather conditions, since many are too hazardous to traverse this time of the year;

• Report immediate roadway or environmental winter hazards to your local law enforcement agency, California Highway Patrol or the Sheriff’s Office;

• Dial “9-1-1” to report emergency conditions, such as those threatening to cause immediate harm to others.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Office 24-hour Dispatch Center at 530-841-2900.