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10:52 PM Tue, Jan. 22nd

Lost load of logs ties up<BR>parkway traffic for 3 hours

PRESCOTT – A tractor-trailer rig hauling 80,000 pounds of logs overturned on Pioneer Parkway Saturday night, closing a stretch of the road for more than three hours.

At approximately 6:15 p.m. the truck – owned by Jade Services of Mayer – flipped onto its driver's side during a right-hand turn from Willow Creek Road onto Pioneer Parkway. Logs spilled across the eastbound lanes on Pioneer Parkway and into the left-turn lanes for westbound vehicles preparing to head south on Willow Creek.

The driver and a passenger were hauling the logs from Thumb Butte to their business in Mayer at the time of the accident. Both escaped without injuries.

The passenger – Jade Services' owner – refused to comment on the incident.

Both the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office and Prescott Police Department responded to the scene. They caught a break upon their arrival, as no additional vehicles came into the path of the overturned truck or its lost load.

"We were very, very fortunate that we didn't have anybody coming (eastbound) when he was coming around," said YCSO Deputy Lewis Johnson. "That would have gotten real ugly quick, fast and in a hurry."

Instead, the only effect was to drivers whose traffic plans included traveling on Pioneer Parkway between Willow Creek Road and Highway 89. YCSO deputies closed the parkway to eastbound traffic immediately after the accident, and closed it in both directions at approximately 8 p.m. when a second Jade Services truck arrived to pick up the logs.

After the cleanup, it took three tow trucks to right the overturned rig.

Authorities did not immediately issue citations to the driver. Johnson said the accident remains under investigation.