After a crash on Oregon Highway 202 Thursday morning, Warrenton City Commissioner Terry Ferguson is lucky to be alive, his wife Jan said today.
She said he is already recovering at home from injuries he sustained when his fully loaded 1977 Peterbuilt 10-yard dump truck tipped over at the junction with Walluski Loop Road as he tried to avoid hitting another dump truck that had stalled in the road. Jan Ferguson said her husband's left ear was lacerated, his lungs were bruised and he has a puncture wound in his leg.
Jan Ferguson was at the Clatsop County Courthouse Thursday morning attending an animal neglect trial involving horses, when she got the call that her husband had been in an accident. One minute she was elated that the horse case had been resolved in a way that protects the horses; the next minute she was horrified to hear that her husband had been injured.
"He hurts all over," she said. "The last thing he remembered was seeing a bumper coming toward him."
Mark Kujala, who serves on the Warrenton City Commission with Ferguson, said Ferguson was in good spirits when he spoke to him this morning, but was in a lot of pain. "I'm happy that he's recovering so well at home. I was very concerned when I heard that his truck had rolled over," Kujala said.
The 30-year-old truck did not fare as well. Jan Ferguson said it's probably a total loss.
According to Oregon State Police, Ferguson, 59, was traveling on Highway 202 toward Astoria at about 11:30 a.m. when he encountered a "belly" dump truck crossways in the road. He said he applied his brakes and heard a popping noise, then realized his brakes were barely working, if at all, OSP reported.
He said that as he started swerving into the opposite lane to avoid the stalled truck, he encountered another dump truck coming toward him and tried to swerve back, OSP reported.
At that point, Ferguson's dump truck tipped over and slid into the oncoming 1995 Kenworth truck, driven by Michael White, of Washington. White was not injured and no citations were issued.
Personnel from the Astoria Police Department, Clatsop County Sheriff's Office and Olney-Walluski Fire and Rescue assisted OSP at the scene.