Wreck kills Washington driver

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene after he lost control of his truck on Highway 19 south of Kimberly. Contributed photo

KIMBERLY - A 48-year-old LaCenter, Wash., resident was killed in a log truck accident on Highway 19 near milepost 117 south of Kimberly at about 10 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 1.

Oregon State Police Sgt. Gordon Larson from the John Day Post said John Lumsden was southbound on Highway 19 when he apparently lost control of the 1999 Kenworth semi registered to Joe Zumstein Logging of Woodland, Wash., that he was driving before crashing over a steep embankment on the west side of the highway.

Police report he was attempting to negotiate a curve when the log truck struck the guardrail on the southbound road shoulder. The vehicle then rolled over onto its top pinning Lumsden inside the cab.

Investigating officers, as well as fire and rescue, along with ambulance personnel worked to free the driver from the wreckage.

Lumsden was pronounced dead at the scene.

Highway 19 was closed for approximately two hours while crews worked to remove the wreckage and investigate the accident.

According to Senior Trooper Larry Johnson, speed appears to be a factor in the crash and Lumsden was apparently not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.

Oregon State Police were assisted at the scene by Grant County Sheriff's Deputies, the Mt. Vernon Fire Department and Blue Mountain Ambulance personnel.

While investigating the accident, troopers at the scene learned that a second log truck, also contracted to Zumstein Logging, had crashed on Highway 19 near milepost 115.5.

This accident occurred at approximately 11 a.m.

Police report this truck, which was being operated by James Neal of Prairie City, was also attempting to negotiate a curve when, according to the driver, the load shifted, causing the truck to roll over, spilling logs onto the highway.

No injuries were reported.

After police completed an investigation this accident, Neal was cited for careless driving.

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