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Police: Mechanical failure to blame for large dump truck that slid off the road in Palisades Neighborhood

PMG PHOTO: SAM STITES - LO Police and Fire departments responded to a call around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday on Overlook Drive where they found a large gravel truck had slid backward off the road.

This story has been update from its original version.

Overlook Drive between Hillside Drive and Sundown Court/Overlook Circle is still closed after Lake Oswego Fire and Police Departments responded to a call this morning of a truck that ran off the road.

LOFD Fire Marshall Gert Zoutendijk said the road will remain closed until about 4:30-5 p.m. as wrecking crews finish their assessment of the vehicle.

Police and fire responded to a call around 11:38 a.m. that a truck that slid off the road near the intersection of Overlook Drive and Hillside Way in the Palisades Neighborhood.

According to LOPD Traffic Lieutenant Clayton Simon, a large dump truck carrying a load of gravel was navigating up the hill on Hillside Way when the truck began sliding backwards. The driver told police that the brakes gave out and the truck began rolling backward, at which point the driver bailed from the vehicle.

The truck rolled backward down Hillside Way scraping a couple cars on its way down, ran across Overlook Drive and down into a gulch between two homes where it landed on its side and was stopped by a tree that wedged itself into the truck's cabin.

Upon arrival, LOFD was able to chain the truck to nearby trees in order to steady it while waiting for a wrecker to arrive.

PMG PHOTO: SAM STITES - Lake Oswego Firefighters, Clackamas County Transportation Maintenance officials and Dan Jones, Inc., staff members strategize how to get lift the truck from out of the gulch between two homes below Overlook Drive.

"Absolutely lucky," Simon told The Review. "Thankfully no one was passing by here on Overlook. There's quite a bit of intrusion into the front cab, so the driver bailing out was probably a decent idea based on how the truck was coming down."

According to police, the truck was owned by Dan Jones, Inc., of Vancouver, Washington. No injuries were reported, and police believe mechanical failure to be the cause of the accident.

Around 12:45 p.m., police had closed off Overlook Drive to allow a wrecker from TLC Towing of Ridgefield, Washington to pull the truck from its position down in the gulch. Clackamas County Transportation Maintenance was also on the scene helping to figure out how to pull the truck from out of the gulch.


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