It’s always a nerve-racking experience to drive near a semi-truck packed with massive logs. Although truckers secure logs with clamps and chains, even a basic mistake or failure to tighten a restraint can lead to tragedy. If a trucker is tired or in a rush, they might forget to balance the load properly, or to make sure the ropes holding the logs in place are tightly secured.
In a 2008 case in Texas, five family members just beginning a road trip vacation were tragically killed when a logging truck struck their vehicle in an intersection.
In a March 2017 case, an Ohio man was killed when his car was hit head-on by a logging truck. The state trooper who investigated the crash said “there’s just nothing left of the car.” The impact was so severe that it forced the entire engine into the car’s passenger compartment. Neighbors told the media that the impact was so loud they didn’t even realize it was a truck accident. They left their home to investigate the source of the loud noise.
In May 2017, a woman was injured when a logging truck spilled logs onto a North Carolina highway. Media reports state that her vehicle was pinned under the logging truck, and that emergency personnel had to extract her from her vehicle.