February 21, 2013
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
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A log truck driver was uninjured Thursday morning after his unloaded log truck struck two elk and rolled off Highway 101 near Bob Creek Wayside on the central Oregon coast.
On February 21, 2013 at about 5:00 a.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers from the Newport Area Command office responded to a rollover collision involving an unloaded log truck on Highway 101 near milepost 170. According to Senior Trooper Bryan Fitch, an unloaded 1994 International log truck with the trailer bunked was northbound on Highway 101 when it encountered several elk standing on the northbound shoulder. As the truck's driver, JAMES DAVIS, age 51, from Jasper, slowed and tried to move around them, two elk ran in front of his truck. DAVIS was unable to avoid the elk and collided with both of them. One of the elk was lodged under the front steering axle of the truck, causing a loss of steering control. The truck began to skid and slid across the southbound lane for approximately 180 feet before traveling off of the roadway and over a downward embankment where it rolled onto the driver's side and came to rest.
Once the truck came to rest, the passenger side fuel tank began to leak fuel into the passenger cabin and onto the ground. An estimated 50 to 60 gallons leaked out before the truck was set back onto its wheels.
Yachats Rural Fire Protection District arrived on the scene and minimized the fuel leak. ODOT and Northwest Hazmat responded to the scene or fuel clean up and no local waterways were threatened.
DAVIS was not injured and was wearing his seat belt.
One lane was closed for approximately 4 hours while the truck was being removed. The log truck is owned by Koos Transportation out of Coos Bay. No citations were issued.
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