A Tillamook-area man suffered only minor injuries Thursday afternoon when he lost control of the log truck he was driving on Highway 101 in Hebo while negotiating a left curve, overturned and damaged the Hebo Bar & Grill. Highway 101 was restricted to one lane of travel for approximately two hours while Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers investigated.
According to Trooper Sarah Reding, on September 8, 2011 at approximately 3:12 p.m. a 1997 Kenworth truck pulling a loaded log trailer driven by MICHAEL BILLOW, age 38, from Tillamook, was traveling northbound on Highway 101 near milepost 85. While negotiating a left curve, BILLOW lost control and the truck and trailer overturned onto its right side into a parking lot of Hebo Bar & Grill. According to witnesses, the truck attempted to negotiate the curve too fast and overturned into the parking lot where its load of logs spilled onto the ground. Part of the building was damaged and a broken water line spilled water onto the highway.
Prior to the crash, one of the Hebo Bar & Grill employees noticed the owner was sweeping the floor near where the truck was about to overturn. The employee warned the owner in time and no one was injured.
BILLOW was transported by ambulance to Tillamook County General Hospital with minor injuries. He was driving for Precision Timber LLC and was cited for Careless Driving and Failure to Wear Safety Belt.