LINCOLN CITY, Ore. – A 14-year-old boy was killed Monday morning when he slipped and fell from a trailer loaded with camping gear and was run over by its tires, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.
The accident happened just before 11 a.m. at Camp Westwind along the banks of the Salmon River about two miles north of Lincoln City, the sheriff’s office said.
Cruz Miller was a student at Mt. Tabor Middle School. Portland Public Schools is offering grief counseling and safe rooms at the school on Tuesday.
Miller was trying to climb onto the two-axle trailer while it was moving, witnesses told deputies. The driver did not see him.
The trailer was being used to carry luggage and supplies to where a ferry was to transport the campers and their belongings to the other side.
There were two doctors and a nurse at the camp when the accident happened. Deputies said the doctors and the nurse performed CPR on the boy.
Paramedics took Miller by ambulance to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital where he died.
Bruster also said 30-40 parents and children were at the camp at the time of the accident. They were from a Japanese language immersion program in Portland Public Schools.
A nonprofit volunteer group called Oya No Kai raises money for the program.
Jerry Spokes, a spokesman for Oya No Kai, said in a statement, "Oya No Kai and the Japanese Immersion Program is shocked and heartbroken to learn of today's tragic accident at Camp Westwind. We will do everything we can to support the dear family, friends and community members who are forever touched by this great loss."
Deputies said they determined the boy’s death was an accident and no criminal charges are being filed at this time.