A Calaveras County employee died Monday while removing brush from a rural area south of Mokelumne Hill.
Kevin Raggio, Calaveras County Coroner, identified the man as 57-year-old Ansel John Bowman.
Sgt. Greg Stark, Calaveras County Public Information Officer, said Bowman was a Calaveras County Public Works employee. Bowman was clearing brush near Doster Road and West Murray Creek Road when a large, tree-sized log rolled down a hill and struck him.
An official cause of death is pending an autopsy.
Joshua Pack, Calaveras County director of Public Works and Transportation, referred media inquiries to the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office to respect Bowman’s family and their privacy, he said in an email.
Stark said Bowman was a road maintenance worker, who worked the brushing crew, removing debris and cleaning up sections of county roads. He was on duty with a crew of public employees, including Cal Fire personnel, at the time of the accident. There was no specific address available related to where the work was being conducted, Stark said.
Bowman was hired by Public Works as an extra hire in 2007 before becoming a permanent employee in 2008.
According to a Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office press release, someone reported the accident at 10:20 a.m. Monday.
Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office deputies, medical staff and fire department employees responded, but Bowman was pronounced dead at the scene.
The press release said next of kin was notified and several agencies were working to determine the cause of the accident.
“What events actually took place what caused the log to roll down hill would be paramount,” Stark said.
There was no information indicating that any person or agency was culpable in Bowman’s death, Stark said.
“In order to maintain the integrity of the investigation we're going to let it take us where it takes us,” he said.
Frank Polizzi with the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration said investigators were at the site of the accident on Tuesday to identify if there were workplace safety and health violations.
Jack Garamendi, Calaveras County Supervisor for District 2, asked members of the public to join him in a moment of silence this morning at the Board of Supervisors meeting in San Andreas following recitation of the pledge of allegiance.
"Our family, our county family, lost a valuable member yesterday in an accident and I'd like everybody to just to take a moment in contemplation and respect for Mr. John Bowman, our road crew who passed away yesterday," Garamendi said.