Vernonia man taken by Life Flight to area hospital after truck carrying 40 logs overturns

A log truck driver was hospitalized with serious injuries Monday afternoon, after the truck he was driving overturned on Scappoose-Vernonia Highway.

COLUMBIA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE PHOTO - A fire engine arrives at the scene of an overturned truck hauling logs on Scappoose-Vernonia Highway. The crash shut down the road for roughly four hours Monday afternoon and the truck's driver was airlifted to a nearby hospital.Emergency responders from Scappoose and Vernonia fire districts and Columbia County Sheriff's Office arrived around 2:30 p.m. Monday to the single-vehicle crash near milepost 7 on the highway.

The driver, Andrew Scott Alwin, 49, of Vernonia, was airlifted to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, after being extricated from the Peterbuilt log truck he was driving.

Alwin was released from the hospital but his condition was unknown as of Wednesday afternoon.

The truck, owned by Daniel E. Koch, Inc., a Scappoose-based freight shipping and transport company, was equipped with a pole trailer and was carrying about 40 logs at the time of the crash, according to Columbia County Sheriff Jeff Dickerson.

Sheriff's deputies on scene say Alwin likely crashed near a curve in the road, en route to a mill in Willamina.

Alwin's truck overturned after he entered Scappoose-Vernonia Road at the Gunner's Lake mainline, the Sheriff's Office noted.

The crash shut down both lanes of traffic on Scappoose-Vernonia Highway for about five hours, as crews worked to clear the roadway of the truck and debris.

Just before 2:45 p.m., Monday, a warning to motorists was posted on the Scappoose Fire District's Facebook page, advising of the crash.

"This is a serious wreck that has both lanes of traffic blocked at this time near milepost 7. Please use alternate routes," the post stated.

Vernonia Police Department, Scappoose Police Department, Oregon State Police, and the Columbia County Roads Department also assisted with the crash on scene. Grumpy's Towing and Steve Weller Trucking also provided help, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Columbia County Sheriff's Office is the lead agency investigating the crash.

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