The owner of a towing company found himself doing something he never thought he would have to do: recovering his own tow truck after a crash.
Mickey Henson of M&M Towing in Woodburn was responding to a crash in South Salem just before noon on Monday. While driving his favorite 1988 Kenworth T600 truck westbound on Orville Road, he realized he had lost his brakes.
After several attempts to down shift, the truck continued to gain speed, continuing down the road and narrowly avoiding oncoming cars. As the truck approached the original crash site of a Walmart truck stuck under a bridge, it left the roadway and careened down an embankment.
The truck crashed through the trees before coming to a rest on its side within feet of a Marion County Deputy who was writing a report on the previous crash in his patrol car. The deputy says he heard the truck crashing through the trees and was able to back out of the way at the last second.
Henson and his passenger were treated for minor injuries. The deputy and another person involved in the original crash were unharmed.
Orville Road was closed for about four hours while additional tow trucks from M&M Towing were called in to retrieve the truck. To make matters worse, Henson says the truck is one he's driven more than 1.7 million miles and had recently undergone $20,000 in restoration. The truck is now a total loss.
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