A semi-truck driver was injured Monday after he lost control of his rig, hit a rock embankment, and slid into a ditch on the side of SW Millican Road in Crook County.
Crook County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Mitch Madden said deputies suspected alcohol was a factor and the driver, 43-year-old Daniel Douthertt of Lawrenceville, Ga. was cited for DUII.
Deputies were dispatched to the crash around 7:15 a.m. and found Douthett had been able to get out of the cab.
He was driving a 2021 Navistar International. hauling a 53-foot trailer filled with auto parts.
Madden said the investigation revealed Douthett was heading north on SW George Millican Road near milepost 22 when he became distracted by his GPS unit.
Douthett left the road, locked up his brakes and hit a rock embankment. The semi ended up rolling onto its passenger side and slid about 400 feet down the road/ditch.
Douthett was evaluated by medics from Alfalfa Fire Department and ultimately taken to St. Charles in Bend by Bend Fire & Rescue with non-life-threatening injuries.
No citations were issued.
Madden said the road would be blocked for several hours while a tow truck worked to remove the rig and trailer.