Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers from the Newport Area Command responded early Thursday to a rollover traffic collision involving an unloaded log truck on Hwy 101 near the Bob Creek Wayside. (MP 170.)
According to Sr. Tpr. Bryan Fitch, an unloaded 1994 International log truck, with the trailer bunked, was northbound on Hwy 101 when it encountered several elk standing on the northbound shoulder. The driver, James Davis, 51, of Jasper, slowed and tried to move around them when two of the elk ran in front of his truck.
Davis was unable to avoid the elk and the log truck collided with both of them. One of the elk became 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. The truck then 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. The truck had been fully fueled before the collision and an estimated 50 to 60 gallons leaked out before the truck was set back onto its wheels.
Yachats fire arrived on the scene and was able to help minimize the fuel leak. The Oregon Dept. of Transportation (ODOT) and Northwest Hazmat responded to the scene for fuel clean up. No local waterways were threatened by the fuel spill.
Davis was uninjured in the collision and was wearing his seat belt.
One lane of Hwy 101 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 and OSP was assisted at the scene by ODOT and Yachats fire.