By Boyd C. Allen

Pilot Staff Writer

Updated on Friday at 7:37 p.m.

A log truck rolled over and slid into a tree Friday on Gardner Ridge Road.

The truck – driven by Brandon Campbell for Crook Ranch Construction – threw logs across the road and down a hill before crashing into a tree and crushing the cab over Campbell’s legs. Campbell, who was trapped in the truck for nearly two hours, was freed after rescuers cut away most of the cab.

Personnel from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office, Brookings Fire and Rescue, and Cal-Ore Life Flight responded to a call at 9:42 a.m. reporting that a loaded log truck had crashed about 1 mile up Gardner Ridge Road and the driver was pinned inside, according to a press release from Sheriff John Ward.

Rescuers worked frantically to free Campbell, who was alert and talking to them.

Ward said members of local logging crews and heavy equipment operators also assisted first responders in freeing Campbell from the smashed cab.

At 11:20, Sheriff John Ward said Campbell’s left leg was free, but his right leg was still pinned behind the steering column. Rescuers began cutting out the seat from under Campbell and removing other impediments until they could lower him and slide him onto a backboard.

Campbell gave James Crook – owner of Crook Ranch Construction – a thumbs-up and a smile while Crook looked for a phone to call Campbell’s mother.

A delighted Crook shook his head and said, “It’s a miracle, an absolute miracle.”

“Campbell was transported by ground ambulance to a field below the crash site,” Ward said, “and then flown to a Grants Pass hospital. Campbell remained alert and coherent and family members were notified.”

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