Crews free man pinned inside smashed log truck east of Brookings

    Crews east of Brookings worked to tear away the cab of a semi-truck after it rolled, pinning the driver inside, Aug. 17, 2018. (Curry County Sheriff's Office photo)

    BROOKINGS, Ore. -- Emergency crews responded after a man rolled the log truck he was driving in Curry County, trapping him inside.

    Around 9:4 a.m. Friday, Curry County Sheriff’s Office responded after the Brookings Police Department relayed information that a loaded log truck had crashed about a mile up Gardner Ridge Road with the driver pinned inside.

    The location is about eight miles east of Brookings.

    Deputies responded along with the Brookings Fire Department, Cal Ore Life Flight and Reach Air Ambulance.

    Members of local logging crews and heavy equipment were also on scene assisting, helping first responders rescue the driver, identified as 47-year-old Brandon Campbell of Brookings.

    Police say Campbell was driving downhill and apparently lost control on a corner, rolling the truck over on its passenger side and striking a large tree, which kept if from going further over the embankment.

    The load of logs dislodged from the truck and trailer and the cab was smashed in from the tree, which pinned Campbell inside.

    First responders worked almost two hours to cut away parts of the smashed cab.

    Once removed, Campbell was transported by ground ambulance to a field and then flown to a Grants Pass hospital.

    Campbell was alert and coherent and family members were notified, the sheriff's office reported.

    Campbell works for James Crook and the truck belonged to Crook, police said.

    "It was an amazing effort by first responders and the logging crews getting Campbell out of the truck," the sheriff's office said in a statement.

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