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A log truck rolled over and blocked State Route 4 east of Cathlamet for more than five hours as troopers worked to clear the scene Monday afternoon, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The driver was eastbound on State Route 4 when he lost control of the rig on a curve at mile post 38. The vehicle struck a guardrail, rolled onto its side and lost a load of logs. The logs struck a power pole and yanked wires into the roadway.

The highway was fully blocked for five hours while the power lines were removed. The roadway was partially blocked for another three hours and 15 minutes thereafter.

The driver, Charles R. Williams, 69, of Terrebonne, Ore., sustained unknown injuries and was airlifted to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver for treatment, according to a WSP press release.

Troopers will request Williams be charged for third-degree driving with a suspended license and driving too fast for the conditions.

Both his 1996 Freightliner Tractor and a 1977 Peerless Logging trailer were impounded by Carl’s Towing.

The Daily News, Longview, Wash.


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