by Emily Waldrep
A log truck rollover November 4 on the 700th Block of Pine Street near the TxDot office led to the shut down of portions of the highway for a few hours while crews worked to clean up logs and debris and flip the truck back upright. The truck, driven by a 47 year old man from Vidor, had overturned and lost its load of logs along the south side of the highway.
According to Woodville Police, the truck skid for several hundred feet before landing onto its side on the shoulder of the highway. There was only a single driver in the vehicle and he was able to walk away from the accident without any injuries. The load of logs came to rest along the property fences of several homes, causing damage to sections of fence in that area. Department of Public Safety Troopers, Texas Department of Transportation and A-1 Wrecker Service responded to assist.
"Although the vehicle and its load was not blocking the street, the traffic was detoured for over an hour to allow for the Wrecker Service to Safely pick up the damaged log truck and to reload the logs onto other trucks," said Captain Mike McCulley of the Woodville Police Department. "This process took approximately 4 hours to complete."
Officers remained at the scene for traffic control, and TXDot also assisted in setting up detours to help with re-routing traffic.
"The cause of the accident is still under investigation by the Woodville Police Department," McCulley said. "It was first reported to possibly be mechanical problem with the trucks steering."
Special thanks to TXDot for their assistance with traffic control and to Prime Acres Trucking in assisting with reloading the load at the scene.