Oregon State Troopers say a Toledo man was lucky he was wearing his seat belt because he could have been badly injured in what was described a very violent rollover accident on the Siletz Highway Friday afternoon.
Troopers say Jimmy Short of Toledo was northbound on 229, just west of Siletz, when his 3/4 ton pickup left the right shoulder of the road, continued down the shoulder, came back up onto the pavement, careened across the highway, plowed into the opposite embankment, dug in the front, the truck flipped, and then came to rest on its top. Other than some quick noticeable bumps and scrapes Short was able to crawl out of the vehicle.
Troopers say that Short told them that for some reason his steering started stuttering and he couldn’t control his rig. He said when he left the road he just hung on.
The accident backed up traffic in both directions during the investigation. Short was given a field sobriety test which troopers say he passed. They also remarked that it was sheer luck that no one was coming the other way otherwise it could have been far, far worse.