Highway 6 near the Tillamook/Washington County line was partially blocked early Monday morning following a lumber spill and associated traffic crash. One truck driver reported minor injury not requiring transport to a hospital and highway traffic was affected for about four hours during the scene response and clean up.
According to Senior Trooper Steve Carlson, on April 15, 2013 at approximately 3:45 a.m., a 2000 Freightliner truck pulling two flatbed trailers loaded with lumber was eastbound on Highway 6 near milepost 34 negotiating a right curve when two stacks of lumber fell off the rear trailer into the westbound lane. A westbound 1997 Peterbilt truck struck the lumber causing substantial damage to the truck and guardrail.
The Peterbilt’s truck driver, ERIC DODGE, age 33, from Boring, complained of minor pain.
The truck driver pulling the trailer where the lumber fell off traveled five miles before stopping after realizing part of the load was missing from the rear trailer. JOHN HODDER, age 44, from Rockaway Beach, was not injured.
Investigation is continuing and no citations have been issued.
OSP was assisted at the scene by Washington County Sheriff’s Office and ODOT.