Trucker 'lucky to be alive' after beam stabs cab

Trucker 'lucky to be alive' after beam stabs cab

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by KGW.com Staff

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Posted on March 6, 2014 at 6:34 AM

Updated Thursday, Mar 6 at 12:15 PM

TUALATIN -- Southwest Tualatin-Sherwood Road at Southwest Nyberg Road was closed after steel beams slipped, pierced the back of a semi-truck's cab and went through the front window Wednesday afternoon.

"I was very lucky," said Truck driver Jack Phillips.  "If you look into the cab the only thing that's not crumbled is my seat and steering wheel."

 Phillips said he was cut off by another driver and instinctively hit the brakes, causing the 30,000 pounds of steel beams in his trailer to shift.  Some of the steel beams came barreling through the cab of his truck.

"I didn't know what to do but duck my head and hope for the best," he said.

Afterwards, police joked with Phillips that he should buy a lottery ticket.

The driver of the semi-truck which cut Phillips off was cited.

A huge crane and another semi-truck had to be brought in to clean up the mess.

Southwest Tualatin-Sherwood Road was closed for several hours during the cleanup.  Traffic was detoured to Southwest Boones Ferry Road to access Interstate 5.

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