A fully-loaded logging truck headed north on Highway 229 three miles east of Hwy 101 ran off the roadway Wednesday afternoon, slid down a ditch and rolled over. Witnesses say an R/V had just pulled onto the highway when the logging truck came up from behind, clipped the R/V and veered right and over the side. The R/V driver, from Yuma Arizona, was not hurt. He said he didn’t see the logging truck coming and that the truck was moving rather fast.
Driver of the truck, Jerry Kowitz of Waldport, told OSP troopers that the R/V pulled out from the Chinook Bend R/V park almost right in front of the truck. Kowitz said he pulled his truck slightly to the right to avoid hitting the R/V, but in so doing his right side wheels began to slide down the embankment. The truck traveled down the embankment, coming to rest on its side. Kowitz was not injured, nor was the R/V driver, Robert Beyeler.
The trooper cited Beyeler for failing to yield the right of way to oncoming traffic.
Traffic was expected to be controlled by flaggers later in the afternoon as crews unload the logs and pull the truck back onto the highway.