A semi truck driver from Cornelius misjudged the dirt he wanted to drive on, to effect a U-turn off Highway 101 in South Beach Wednesday morning. Instead of flipping his truck around, he got stuck in soft sand and wound up twisting his trailer tongue assembly, relative to the truck cab. And there it sat for over an hour, while traffic on 101 backed up from around Highway 20 on the north to near the Newport Airport to the south.
Rowley’s Tow and City of Newport Wastewater Plant operators showed up with a tow truck and a front loader. Between the two they rocked and jockeyed the cab and trailer to separate them – pull the trailer back toward the road, then back the cab up and then reattach the traile. After 70 minutes of creating improvisation, Rowley’s and the wastewater plant workers had the truck back on the pavement and heading back on down the road. The driver, from Cornelius, wasn’t cited. But we would imagine the trucking company is going to get a towing bill from Rowley’s.
A few minutes after 101 was reopened, a crash closed down the southbound lane on the Yaquina Bay Bridge. No serious injuries. Traffic at the time was backed up on the bridge caused by the truck incident a half mile ahead. Some days it just all piles on.