Date: December 8, 2010
Location: Astoria, OR
Names: Scott J. Lavender, James D. Sollars
A log truck driver was injured seriously when he crashed into the back of a disabled chip trailer on Highway 30 east of Astoria.
According to Oregon State Police Senior Trooper Jim Pierce on December 8, 2010 at about 9:14am, Scott J. Lavender, age 38 of Chehalis, Washington was seated inside a disabled truck pulling a chip trailer as it was parked in the right hand eastbound lane of Highway 30 near milepost 84. Lavender was waiting for a mechanic to repair the truck that had broken down about an hour earlier, but he failed to put required emergency warning devices on the highway behind his vehicles.
A vehicle driving east in front of an unloaded log truck driven by James D. Sollars, age 38 of Astoria, swerved to avoid the rear of Lavender’s trailer. Sollars, a driver for J.M. Browning Logging, wasn’t able to avoid the trailer and crashed into the back of it.
Sollars was transported by LifeFlight to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland with serious injuries; he was using safety restraints. According to The Daily Astorian, he underwent surgery and was last reported in good condition. Lavender was uninjured and was cited by OSP for Failure to Place Emergency Warning Devices on a Highway.
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers from the Astoria Area Command office are completing the investigation.
As Portland truck accident attorneys, we hope that Mr. Sollars will experience a complete recovery from his injuries.