Truck Vs. Motel 6

Police and tow truck drivers respond Thursday to the scene of a log truck crash that left a hole in the side of the Motel 6 along U.S. Highway 101 in Coos Bay. The driver of the truck was arrested for DUI.

COOS BAY — The man who drove a semi into the side of Motel 6 on Thursday  Feb. 14, is believed to have been impaired by marijuana.

In a press release from the Coos Bay Police Department, Benjamin Long Jr., 60, drove an unloaded Koos Trucking log truck into Motel 6 while traveling southbound on U.S. Highway 101 when he lost control trying to stop at the intersection.

"There were no injuries as a result of the crash, but substantial property damage," the release said. "Coos Bay police believe speed, marijuana impairment, and road conditions were factors of the crash." 

Coos Bay Police Department’s senior officer Pete Kirk was at the scene as additional officers shut down one lane of Highway 101.

“The brakes locked up on him and he ran into the building,” Kirk said. “When the trailer is empty, the brakes will lock and the trailer wants to go around.”

According to Kirk, the driver wasn’t paying attention to the stop light and hit the brakes.

“Because there was no weight, everything swung around on him and he ended up going backward,” Kirk said.

A small dog was in the cab with the driver, but no one was injured.

Kirk had seen inside Motel 6 and said the walls were pushed in and the sheetrock was damaged.

According to the release, Long Jr. was arrested for driving under the influence of intoxicants and received violations citations for careless driving and commercial motor vehicle specific offenses of possession of a controlled substance and under the influence of a controlled substance.

Reporter Jillian Ward can be reached at 541-269-1222, ext. 235, or by email at Follow her on Twitter: @JE_Wardwriter.


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