Driver explains how he survived plow sliding into Willamette

Driver explains how he survived plow sliding into Willamette

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by Teresa Blackman & Cathy Marshall, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on February 9, 2014 at 10:53 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 10 at 1:46 PM

CANBY, Ore. -- A huge truck equipped with a snow plow slid on ice and plunged into the Willamette River in Canby Sunday.

Driver Paul Gorbett was able to jump to safety and was not hurt.  He told KGW it was the scariest thing that's ever happened to him in the 16 years he's worked for Clackamas County.

I was worried, 'this truck's going to go into the river!' I started sliding, not really fast, but I knew it wasn't going to stop," he recalled. "So I set the emergency brake and about 15 feet from the water, I jumped out. I've gone into ditches before, but nothing like this. "It's kinda dangerous out there at times."

Gorbett was driving a 50,000-pound truck equipped with a plow when the accident happened on the ramp to the Canby Ferry.

A large tow truck was used to pull the plow out of the river early Monday morning. 

As for Gorbett, he didn't let the accident phase him too much.  He went back to work in another truck Monday afternoon.

The historic ferry crosses the Willamette River north of Canby.


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