SALEM, Ore. — Marion County Deputies say they responded to a tow truck accident on Orville Road Monday.
Around noon, Mickey Henson, 51, of M &M Towing in Woodburn, lost control of his tow truck while traveling to a crash under the Orville Road railroad crossing.
Hensen said he was driving westbound and was approaching River Road South when he lost the brakes of his truck. He made several attempts to down shift, but the truck continued to gain speed down the hill.
Henson said after narrowly missing oncoming cars, he drove off the roadway. The truck crashed through brush as it went down an embankment and came to a rest on its side.
The tow truck stopped within feet of Marion County Deputy Casey Burnham who was in his car writing a report for the original crash, Henson was responding to. Burnham and a citizen involved in the original crash escaped injury.
Henson and his passenger, Raul Diosaado, 35, of Woodburn, were taken to the hospital for minor injuries.
Orville Road was closed for about four hours while both crashes were cleaned up.
Henson said he had driven over 1.7 million miles in the truck and it had recently undergone a $20,000 restoration. The truck’s now a total loss.