Log truck hits elk on Oregon highway

Log truck hits elk on Oregon highway
Scene of the crash along Highway 101

YACHATS, Ore. - A log truck overturned and spill fuel after hitting two elk on Highway 101 early Thursday morning.

The driver of the truck was not injured, and the fuel spill did not threaten any waterways, state police said.

The crash happened around 5 a.m. near the Bob Creek Wayside south of Yachats.

Driver James Davis, 51, of Jasper, Oregon, was northbound in a Koos Transportation truck out of Coos Bay when he encountered elk standing on the highway shoulder, police said. Davis slowed down and tried to drive around the elk, but two of the elk ran in front of his truck.

Davis lost control of the unloaded log truck when one of the elk became lodged under the front steering axle, causing a loss of control, state police said.

The truck skidded for 180 feet before going off the road and down an embankment. The truck came to rest on the driver's side.

After the truck came to a stop, fuel tanks on the passenger side started leaking. sending 5o or 60 gallons of fuel tricking through the cabin and onto the ground.

Firefighters from Yachats managed to minimize the fuel leak, and Northwest Hazmat responded to clean up the fuel.

The cleanup forced one lane of Hwy 101 to close for 4 hours.