The family of John A. Newhouse, 48, of Outlook is mourning his death this morning.
Newhouse was working in the family vineyard located in the 200 block of U.S. Grape Road yesterday, and his arm was caught while replacing a blade on a large orchard sprayer. The blade nearly amputated his left arm and caused severe abdominal damage, according to Yakima County Sheriff's Department officials.
Medical personnel from the Sunnyside Fire Department rushed to the scene, as did deputies from the Yakima County Sheriff's Office around noon yesterday. Emergency personnel were able to stabilize Newhouse for transport from the Sunnyside airport via Northwest MedStar. He was taken first to Kadlec Medical Center in the Tri-Cities, evaluated and airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
Initial reports from the sheriff's office were that Newhouse would survive the accident, but the injuries suffered led to his eventual death.
The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries is in charge of investigating the accident.
The Yakima County Assessor's Office lists the site where yesterday's accident occurred as Upland Vineyards, LLC, which is a partnership between father and son Alfred and Steve Newhouse. It is located on the east slope of Snipes Mountain.