A freak accident involving a logging truck, an RV and a dump truck full of river rock could have sent a bunch of people to the hospital this afternoon. But only one person went to the hospital with minor injuries.
Witnesses say it happened around 2:25 Thursday afternoon on Highway 101 when a northbound RV with several aboard, crested the hill just south of the Newport Airport. Just up ahead a dump truck full of huge river boulders was jockeying back and forth in the southbound lane, trying to angle back into a driveway so he could dump his load. The RV driver thought the dump truck was pulling out in front of him and jammed on his brakes. However, a logging truck driver right behind him didn’t hit his brakes in time and so the logging truck slammed into the rear of the RV which was launched forward and off the road into a hillside. The logging truck then careened across the center line and smashed the front of the dump truck, pitching it counter-clockwise. The logging truck then plunged over the side into a ravine. It landed on its top about 25 feet down. Miraculously the driver wasn’t hurt. He’s pictured talking on his cell phone, probably to his boss at Allan Parker Logging.
The folks in the RV were plenty shook up but were not injured. The driver of the dump truck thought he was alright at first but then was later transported to the hospital in Newport.
Traffic was backed up from the crash scene all the way to the Yaquina Bay Bridge in Newport. Lincoln County school bus deliveries of children headed home was interrupted. Those living south of the crash scene were bussed to Newport Intermediate School where they were to be held until 101 is back open. No word on when that might happen. Northbound traffic was being let through in order to let a monster tow truck to make its way north from Florence to lift the logging truck out of the ravine.
We’ll see how the OSP troopers sort it all out to determine if anyone goes home with a rather large ticket.