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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 47 north of Vernonia
07/22/2010
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation of Thursday afternoon's log-truck involved fatal traffic crash on Highway 47 near Stoney Point Road north of Vernonia.
 
According to OSP Sergeant Larry Lucas, on July 22, 2010 at approximately 1:15 p.m. a loaded log truck driven by JOSHUA SCHULTZ, age 33, from Vernonia, was northbound on Highway 47 near Stoney Point Road when, for an unknown reason, it traveled off the highway. The truck continued for a short distance colliding with a telephone pole and at least one tree before coming to an abrupt stop resulting in the logs shifting forward, crushing the cab with two occupants inside.
 
JOSHUA SCHULTZ was pronounced deceased at the scene. His son, SETH SCHULTZ, age 10, was extricated by Vernonia Fire Department personnel and transported by LifeFlight to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland with serious injuries.  (Note: Condition update on July 23rd is fair condition)
 
ODOT was on scene handling highway closure and detour duties.  OSP troopers were assisted by Vernonia Police and Fire Departments.