By Boyd C. Allen

Pilot Staff Writer

Geoffrey Ashby said a Curry Transfer and Recycling (CTR) truck lost its brakes descending Mountain Drive outside Brookings at about 2 a.m. Monday morning.

The driver was able to pull the truck through Ashby’s driveway however, and by hitting a gravel pile next to his garden, avoid going over the hill or rolling.

The gravel acted like an emergency truck pull-off, he said, and stopped the truck by burying its wheels up to the axles, much the way the gravel paths used for emergency pull-offs are designed to do.

Laura Ashby, who first heard the truck early in the morning as it careened across her driveway, said, “I’m just grateful they turned towards our yard. Things could have been so much worse.”

CTR site-manager Luke Pyke said the truck had stopped for a pickup above the Ashby’s, and the driver noticed the brakes had overheated and were going “spongy.”

“The driver did a great job deciding not to go down the hill and finding the gravel pile,” Pyke said.

Mountain Drive is a dangerously steep, serpentine road rising from North Bank Chetco River Road and winding up a tree lined hill. Had the truck missed the Ashby’s drive, the next two bends presented a group of trees or a precipitous drop.

A Mast Brothers tow truck was recovering the CTR truck from the gravel Monday afternoon.

CTR officials did not respond to requests for comment.

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