Myrtle Creek man killed after log truck crashes

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -- Emergency crews were called to the scene of a log truck accident just after 8:30 a.m. Thursday morning.

The sheriff's office has confirmed that Michael Scott Ray, 47, of Myrtle Creek was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The accident was reported to be near Coos Bay Wagon Road near the Iverson Memorial County Park in the Tenmile area.

The truck left the roadway and went down an embankment, ending up landing on a road below. Authorities say Ray was thrown from the truck.

Sheriff's deputies at the scene said speed was a factor in the crash. "It's very important on windy, curvy roads that people take caution, they slow down, and obviously remember that brakes heat up, and if brakes heat up you lose your braking distance," said Sgt. Clayton Ruble from the Sheriff's office. "So you need to be really careful as you go down a windy hill and know that your brakes are going to heat up and as they heat up, you're going to lose your stopping distance."

Tenmile Fire, Douglas County Sheriff's deputies and BLM personnel all responded to the scene.

The road was closed for several hours as crews removed debris from the scene.