Oregon woman killed after tree uprooted by her homemade zip line falls on her
A woman died while sliding on a homemade zip line over a river last weekend -- after the contraption uprooted a tree, investigators in Oregon said.
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Tami McVay and her boyfriend Joshua Jackson were riding the zip line in a rural part of Tillamook County when the tree holding up the zip line fell on the pair, The Oregonian reported.
McVay, 34, suffered severe head trauma and died at the scene, the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office told reporters. Deputies said first responders used ATVs and hiked two miles before reaching the couple.
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The extent of Jackson's injuries was unclear.
The seat of the zip line was a piece of wood and was connected by another piece of rope, Sheriff Andy Long said in an email to the newspaper.
McVay, a mother of three, was described as an outdoor lover in her obituary. She also had a culinary arts degree.
Jackson, 38, was arrested after police found he had a warrant in connection to a 2012 conviction for fourth-degree assault and recklessly endangering another person in Clatsop County, The Oregonian reported.
The sheriff’s office said the case was under investigation.