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A Bureau of Land Management (BLM) worker was killed in a crash Thursday evening in the Beaver area.

Nestucca Rural Fire and Rescue (NRFR) was dispatched to the crash on Upper Nestucca Road at 6:42 p.m. Thursday, Sep. 19. Emergency crews arrived at 7:07 p.m. to find a vehicle that was 75-100 feet off the road.

Burden's Towing was credited with conducting the difficult, hours-long recovery effort. A Nestucca fire official said the assistance was crucial. Tillamook Fire District, North Lincoln Fire and Rescue (NLFR), Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO), and Oregon State Police also assisted.

At 7:13 p.m., it was determined to have been a fatal accident, according to NRFR.

NRFR deployed at least a dozen personnel to the scene. Tillamook Fire Department sent and additional four to assist. NLFR also sent four. Units were cleared from the scene sometime after midnight.

TCSO later confirmed that the crash killed a BLM worker who was identified as 64-year-old Michael Steigh of Willamina.

A TCSO press release said Tillamook 911 was notified by a BLM employee that they had located a crash site involving an overdue BLM worker off Nestucca River Road, around 13 miles east of Beaver.

The press release said Steigh was driving a tractor with a brush cutting attachment when he went off the road and crashed down a steep hill. Noticing Steigh was late to return, BLM staff made calls and went looking for him.

Steigh was unresponsive when located but also difficult for searchers to reach. After arriving at the scene, NRFR confirmed he suffered fatal injuries in the crash.

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