Woman runs into back of log truck, escapes serious injury

Woman runs into back of log truck, escapes serious injury

This is a press release courtesy of Oregon State Police

An elderly Scappoose-area woman escaped serious injury Thursday afternoon when her vehicle collided with a loaded log truck and one of the logs penetrated the passenger compartment through the front windshield.

According to Oregon State Police (OSP) Sergeant Larry Lucas, on April 3, 2008 at approximately 1:25 p.m., a 1993 Buick LeSabre driven by Evelyn Sanders, age 82, from Scappoose, was following a loaded log truck on Highway 30 near Bennett Road. 

The log truck, operated by Daniel Bunnell, age 28, from Dallas, was northbound on Highway 30 in the right hand lane and as the vehicles approached the Bennett Road/Old Portland Road and Highway 30 intersection, the log truck slowed to turn right.

As the turn was being made, the long log load swung out partially into the right lane.  Sanders locked her brakes to stop when she saw the log ends appear in front of her but was unable to avoid the collision.
Sanders was transported to Good Samaritan in Portland with minor injuries.

Bunnell was not injured.

An OSP trooper investigating the crash conducted a truck inspection and found no violations.  No citations were issued.
Columbia River Fire and Rescue and Oregon Department of Transportation assisted at the scene.

(Photos courtesy of Oregon State Police)