Chains snap and heavy equipment falls off trailer
Oversize load is so heavy that it crushes a barn alongside the road
An oversize track loader fell off a flatbed trailer pulled by a semi-tractor on Wildcat Mountain Drive in the early morning May 29.
The loader was so heavy that it rolled over and the impact destroyed a small barn alongside the road, according to a report from the Clackamas County Sheriffs Office.
The barn was unoccupied at the time of the incident, said a spokesperson for the Sheriffs Office, and the tractor driver was unhurt.
The incident happened at 6:20 a.m. on Wildcat Mountain Drive near its intersection with Horace Road.
The driver told deputies he was pulling the flatbed trailer that was carrying the front-loader when the rear dual tires of the trailer slid off the road causing the trailer to slide down an embankment and off the road.
The sheer weight of the oversize loader caused the trailer to slide down the embankment, snapping the heavy security chains on the loader and allowing it to slide off, flip over and destroy the barn.
As the loader flipped over, the extended logging boom reached out and crushed the barn with a hit to the buildings wall.
The loaders extended logging boom smashed through the barn, causing extensive damage to the interior and exterior of the building.
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies, along with the Clackamas County Road Department and Clackamas County Weigh Master, arrived at the scene to investigate the crash and determine if any load and travel permits had been violated.
The driver, who was from Greenup Logging, had all the required permits for the vehicle and front-loader, and no citations were issued at the scene.
But, at press time, the crash was still under investigation by the Sheriffs Office.
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