In Georgia, a driver miraculously survived after rear-ending a log truck. The driver’s SUV was impaled by logs from the front windshield to the back window after he collided with the truck while reaching down to pick something up from the floor of the vehicle.
Luckily, the driver only suffered minor injuries, Whitfield County Fire Chief Edward O'Brien told CNN. The department, which shared images of the accident on its Facebook page, detailed how firefighters had to saw roughly 30 to 40 logs before cutting open the SUV and rescuing the driver. After the firefighters managed to gain access to the man, it still took them 10 to 15 minutes to remove him from the car.
The driver, who was not sitting upright in his seat when the crash happened, was saved since his head ended up in a gap between the logs, O'Brien said. "It was as if it was almost created just for his head," he said. The department still hasn’t decided if the man will face charges for the accident.
Last month, another driver was seriously injured in a crash involving a logging truck in Chester County, South Carolina. The accident, which happened just before 7 am at the intersection of Catawba River Road and Allen Road, resulted in the logs the truck was hauling, as well as diesel fuel, spilling across the highway.
At the time, the driver could not be airlifted from the scene of the accident because of thick fog and was rushed to the hospital by ground, according to Chester County Emergency Management.
In the US, fatal log truck crashes increased by 41% between 2011 and 2015. 84% of log truck crashes involve tractor-trailer configurations. While other large truck crashes increased by 19%, log truck tractor-trailer crashes increased by more than 33%. Log trucks were the oldest vehicles involved in fatal crashes, with an average age of 13.0 years, significantly higher than the overall average for all trucks of 7.6 years. During a fatal crash, log trucks reported a rollover 21% of the time, which is significantly higher than the overall average of 12% rollovers for other large trucks.