A log truck driver was arrested for DUII and traffic-relation charges Thursday afternoon by Oregon State Police (OSP) after crashing his loaded log truck on Highway 47 north of Vernonia and damaging two utility poles and fencing. The crash was originally reported as possible serious injury but when an OSP trooper arrived on scene it was confirmed as a non-injury crash.
According to Senior Trooper Robin May, on October 4, 2012 at approximately 1:20 p.m. a 2000 Kenworth truck pulling a loaded log trailer driven by ROBERT J. GEDENBERG, age 48, from Astoria, was northbound on Highway 47 near milepost 59 when it traveled off the highway.
The truck and trailer struck and damaged two utility poles and about 100 feet of a rancher's fence. The truck and trailer overturned onto its side spilling logs along the side the highway.
Subsequent investigation led to GEDENBERG's arrest for DUII and Reckless Driving. He was also cited for Refusing a Breath Test and Failure to Drive Within a Traffic Lane. He was not using safety restraints.
The northbound lane was closed about six hours during the incident response and vehicle and log removal.
OSP was assisted at the scene by ODOT, Vernonia Rural Fire Department, and Mist-Birkenfield Rural Fire Protection District.