Log truck driver involved in Hwy 101 bridge crash faces meth charge

Log truck driver involved in Hwy 101 bridge crash faces meth charge
A log truck crashed near the McCullough Bridge Tuesday afternoon, Oregon State Police said.

NORTH BEND, Ore. -- The log truck driver involved in a multi-car crash that blocked the McCullough Bridge for hours on Tuesday is now facing methamphetamine charges, authorities said.

According to Oregon State Police, Richard Wilson, 57, of Bandon, was driving a semi towing a loaded log truck north on Highway 101 when at around 1:50 p.m. he failed to stop for a light at the north end of the McCullough Bridge.

The log truck rear-ended a commercial truck pulling a semi-trailer, causing a chain-reaction crash between a utility truck and two passenger vehicles that blocked the bridge, Oregon State Police said.

Wilson was trapped inside as the logs shifted forwarded into the back of the truck. Firefighters pulled Wilson from the truck and he was taken to a Coos Bay hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The drivers of the passenger cars received minor injuries; one refused hospital treatment. 

The South Coast Interagency Narcotics Team said it found methamphetamine later that evening when conducting a raid at Wilson's home on NE Ohio Ave. in Bandon. 

Authorities arrested 34-year-old Kenneth Wilson and 34-year-old Jenny Lucas on drug charges while conducting the raid. Richard Wilson also faces a possession of meth charge.

The Oregon Department of Transportation closed Highway 101 for nearly two hours while working to clear the roadway. Crews transferred the logs to another truck before both the damaged semi trucks and trailers were towed from the scene.