Logging Truck Accident Clearwater County

OROFINO - On Monday January 27, at just before 9:00A.M., Deputies responded to mile post 11 on Grangemont Road for a report of a log truck verses car vehicle accident.

When Deputies arrived on scene they learned an unloaded 2011 Western Star log truck being operated by 72-year-old Duane E. Downing, of Pierce, collided with a loaded 1996 Kenworth log truck being operated by 54-year-old Donald J. Billeter, of Hamilton, Montana. The truck being driven by Downing then slid across the roadway and collided with a 2009 Toyota RAV 4 owned by 37-year-old Michelle S. Griffith, of Pierce, shoving it off of the west side of the roadway.

Griffith was the only occupant in her vehicle and was transported to Clearwater Valley Hospital with possible non-incapacitating injuries. It is unknown if safety belts were worn by all drivers at this time and the cause of the accident is still under investigation.