NEWS
09/18/2015 12:32 EDT | Updated 09/18/2016 01:12 EDT

Sawmill accident kills young father in Creston as WorkSafeBC investigates

CRESTON, B.C. — A 28-year-old southeastern B.C., man has been identified as the victim of an industrial accident near Creston.

The BC Coroners Service says Dustin Gerlinsky died Tuesday afternoon while working at the J.H. Huscroft sawmill in Erickson, just east of Creston. 

RCMP say Gerlinsky was working on a sorting deck when he was pinned between the deck and a large piece of equipment.

The father of two young children was rushed to hospital but could not be revived.

A police investigation has concluded and the case has been turned over to WorkSafeBC.

Friends of Gerlinsky's family launched a GoFundMe online campaign shortly after the accident and have raised $34,540 to help with funeral expenses.

The Canadian Press