Shovel arm on log loader swings into oncoming traffic

Shovel arm on log loader swings into oncoming traffic
Photo courtesy Coos County Sheriff

POWERS, Ore. - The shovel arm on a log loader being hauled by a semi came loose in a curve Tuesday morning and roated into the path of traffic, crashing through the windshield of an oncoming van.

No one was seriously injured.

The crash happened just after 9:36 a.m. on Powers Highway, according to the Coos County Sheriff's Office.

James L. Waterman, 55, of Myrtle Point was northbound driving a tractor trailer hauling a Thunderbird 1238 Log Loader.

As the tractor trailer entered a sweeping left turn, the log loader cab and shovel arm broke free and rotated into the path of an oncoming vehicle.

The impact pushed the steering column into the driver's seat area, trapping Michael Delyria, 63, of Myrtle Point inside his 1987 Ford Econoline Van.

Powers Fire Personnel pulled Delyria from the wreckage and treated him for minor injuries. He was released at the scene.