Driver Injured in Log Truck Accident on Riddle Bypass Road in Douglas County, OR
Douglas County, OR -- October 12, 2022, one person was injured following an accident allegedly involving an intoxicated truck driver.
Investigators said that the incident happened at around 3:30 p.m. along Riddle Bypass Road off the corner of Boyer Road.
Officials said that a pickup was traveling along the road when a log truck crashed with it. Due to the collision, the pickup driver was sent to the hospital with unspecified injuries.
Authorities identified the log truck driver as 34-year-old Rylie Hogue. They allege Hogue was intoxicated at the time and report charges for assault, reckless driving, and DUII-alcohol.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Log Truck Accident on Riddle Bypass Road in Douglas County
If the allegations in these reports turn out to be true, then it's incredibly disturbing to think someone was driving around in a multi-ton truck while intoxicated. Perhaps getting someone like that off the road will be the end of it, but it's important to find out just how foreseeable all of this was.
Something I've found from experience is that an intoxicated truck driver isn't often some isolated incident. Usually, that person has an issue with whatever substance they were on. As such, employers who pay attention and ensure their drivers are being safe would be able to catch the problem and address it accordingly. Failing to do so is often a sign the driver's employer is too inept to supervise their drivers or they simply don't give a damn about the consequences so long as trucks are on the road.
Like I said, I can't say what all happened here, but there are far too many red flags to ignore. Simply waiting around for the authorities may not be all that prudent here, which is why more thorough independent investigations could prove vital in getting the victims here the help they deserve.