Loaded log truck tips on sharp curve

A single vehicle accident occurred Oct. 29, 2020, when the driver of this log truck lost control of the vehicle due to slick road conditions, on State 5, in front of Woodbury Lane.

A log truck rollover ended without injury, Oct. 29, 2020.

At approximately 10:15 a.m. Benewah County Sheriff’s deputies, St. Maries Fire and St. Maries Ambulance responded to the scene.

The driver assisted by a witness to the accident was able to exit the vehicle without assistance from emergency crews.

“A guy came over to help and he said ‘hey, does that steering column lift up’ and it still did so I was able to lift it and get out,” the driver said.

According to the driver he was descending State 5, just past Beverly Hills Road, when slick roads caused him to lose control of the vehicle.

The cab and trailer tipped over on the driver side, spilling the logs, and partially crushing the cab. It came to rest across Woodbury Lane, but clear of the highway.

Road flares were deployed and traffic was temporarily reduced to a single lane, on State 5, out of caution.

Woodbury Lane resident Ray Clifts said he came down to make sure the driver was OK.

“I’ve lived here since I was 18 and probably seen 30 or 40 accidents here. It’s a dangerous road. Especially this time of year,” Mr. Clifts said.

The driver, a private operator, and resident of Blanchard, ID, declined medical transport.

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