Whitefish man dies when RV falls on him

Posted at 4:42 PM, Apr 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-09 18:42:58-04

(KALISPELL) A Whitefish man died after he was trapped under a fifth wheel RV over the weekend in Evergreen.

Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry says that on Sunday shortly before 4:30 p.m., officers from his agency and Evergreen Fire Rescue were dispatched for a report of a man trapped under a fifth-wheel RV.

When emergency units arrived, the man’s body was found pinned under the RV. 

The man, identified as Rusty Atchinson of Whitefish, 57 years old, had apparently been trying to jack the RV up when it fell on him.

Rescue personnel were able to free the man, and resuscitation attempts were initiated. 

Atchinson was taken to Kalispell Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

The incident is being investigated by the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office.

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