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Log-truck driver cited after three-vehicle crash on Highway 42

A log-truck driver who lost control on a curve on Highway 42 and caused a three-vehicle crash that closed the road for several hours Monday was cited for failing to maintain a lane of travel and speeding. He was not seriously injured, police said.

Oregon State Police Sgt. Matt Bowersox said in a news release that Jack E. Taylor, 54, of Coos Bay, lost control of his logging truck at about 9 a.m. Monday at milepost 45, just east of the Douglas/Coos county line. The truck rolled, spilling logs onto the highway. The truck was registered to Youngs Trucking, Bowersox said.

A 2005 Kenworth tractor and box trailer registered to Fed Ex that was traveling westbound swerved to avoid the log truck, jackknifing the trailer across both lanes of the highway. The driver, James D. Metcalf, 39, of Winchester, was unharmed.

A 2010 Ford Ranger driven by Braden J. Giberson, 19, of Roseburg, was following the Fed Ex truck when it jackknifed. Giberson drove into a ditch to avoid the crash and the load of logs landed on his Ranger. He was transported to Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg for what police described as minor injuries.

The highway was blocked for several hours as crews removed the vehicles and logs.

A logging truck lost control on a curve near the Douglas/Coos county line on Highway 42 Monday, spilling its load on the highway. OSP photo
A Ford Ranger was crushed by spilled logs in Monday's crash on Highway 42, but the driver escaped with what police described as minor injuries. OSP photo